Du Bois Concept Of The Veil: An Analysis

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Considering the recent presidential election, the idea of changing one’s hair to fit the paradigms of society coincides with Muslim women’s struggle with wearing their hijabs in the modern world. Similar to Harris-Perry’s idea that stereotyping makes black women conform to the “crooked room,” the fear of being shipped away has women, Muslim Americans questioning whether they should continue wearing their hijabs. Both, the black women in Harris-Perry’s book and Islamic women are perpetually in a state of hesitance to display their outer appearances in fear of being ridiculed by white America. While she wrote this work before the election, many of her ideas are still prevalent within the confines of the modern world. Analogously, whereas Du Bois’ concepts were created decades before the 2016 presidential election, they are still a crucial part in African Americans’ struggle with identity.
Du Bois’ concept of the veil can be compared to Alicia Keys recent decision to no longer wear makeup or change her hair. She made this decision to express her true self and to feel powerful again. Just as Keys was thrown into the world of entertainment where people’s
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Moreover, the struggle of black identity did not stop with the abolition of slavery. Du Bois’ ideas of double consciousness and the veil showcased how deeply rooted the loss of identity within the African American community is. Although his concepts were crafted long before the current millennial generation, they continue to shape how Americans of color experience the struggle of identity through the injustices of racism. A few of the numerous influential people such as, Eric Garner, Bessie Smith, and Alicia Keys, constantly keep afloat the awareness of black identity struggle so that black America continues to overcome the stereotypes produced by the white

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