Stereotypes, Racism, And The White Population By. D. B. Du Bois

814 Words Jun 5th, 2015 4 Pages
Observed differences lead to stereotypes. Those stereotypes usher in biases that lead to racism. Racism oppresses, and the oppressed struggle to find way to cope. This unfortunate cycle has plagued the dark skinned for as long as history can tell and has cast a veil over them as they tried to cope with their newfound freedom from slavery and colonialism. W. E. B. Du Bois describes that the veil oppresses the black population by giving them a one-way view of the potential of success available to the white population. On the other side, the white population is unable to see and understand the struggles faced by the people hidden behind the dark veil, and rather than cooperating, often treat the blacks as inferiors. Du Bois asserts that the best way to cope with this oppression is by progress through education. He admits, however, that the unfortunate heavy burden cast on the black folk will impede their progress, making it a paradoxical pathway to take. Nevertheless, he concludes, it is their best option against racism. Frantz Fanon, on the other hand, digresses and finds that education is a false solution that only shows admiration for white superiority. Regardless of the education achieved by a black man, Fanon discusses, the white man will first judge him by his skin. Fanon reasons that the racism cannot be broken unless both the white man and black man come together to fight against their history and completely disregard everything that has taken place in the past.…

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