The Veil By W. E. B Dubois Analysis

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After being liberated from centuries of slavery, African Americans faced, and continue to face, the negative effects of being enslaved. Even though African Americans were granted their freedom, they were still imprisoned by unending assaults upon their conscience, esteem, intelligence and success. W.E.B. DuBois is one of the most important civil rights activists to emerge after African Americans gained the freedom and he worked diligently to improve the condition of black life primarily through education. In The Souls of Black Folk, a collection of his essays and research, DuBois introduces and addresses a new concept--the veil. The concept of the veil is a metaphor for the complex feelings of separation from the white community that members …show more content…
All throughout slavery, white people justified their actions by dehumanizing black people. They invested a lot of effort into convincing themselves that black people were inferior in all aspects and that mentality became ingrained in, not just the minds of the oppressed, but in the minds of the oppressors as well. The lingering idea that black people were less than human prevented white people from being able to truly understand the African American experience and kept them from acknowledging their own white privilege. It also led to white people’s inability to see African Americans as true Americans. There was (and continues to be) a lack of communication between the two groups and a lack of empathy towards the plight of black people. Without the subconscious desire to help advance black people to the same standing as them, white people harmed black people’s progress by maintaining and advancing harmful stereotypes …show more content…
Instead of acting based off intellect, African Americans were thought to only act off emotion or innate desires which ultimately would mean that African Americans lacked the ability to function civilly. The claim that Blacks are unable to function civilly perpetuates the idea that blacks are primitive and subhuman. It also entertains the idea that since black people are animalistic, they lack the capacity to grow alongside society (as opposed to white people who were able to modify aspects of their culture and saw themselves as able to advance at

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