A Sociological Perspective: W. E. B. Du Bois

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n studying W.E.B Du Bois I am able to reflect on many of his concerns from a sociological perspective. W.E.B Du Bois wrote of many tragedies happening to him as well as people around him, the amount of hatred that went into these actions are at great magnitude and no human being should have been subjected to it. These cruel mindsets have continued through the years in the aide of keeping the African American people in an oppressed state. Many have acknowledged it to have been wrong; others have justified their reasons and continue to manifest these actions still in today’s society. Du Bois was well educated and believed that in order to fight this unfair treatment we must arm ourselves intellectually for the battle. Du Bois acknowledged…show more content…
It became a form of resistance and hope; a way to resist social death. African American slaves would create religious songs and sing in the working fields, songs that told the story of the struggle they have been through. In the “Souls of Black Folk”, Du Bois tells of that double consciousness with the black people, to never forget who they are as a black first; then an American. He speaks of relating to the American society, but not losing your identity in this transformation. The fight is about being accepted for a human being first, then an African…show more content…
The tragedy is that the African American suffers from a three dimensional cloth of estrangement, burdening their lives and keeping them in a prison. A prison of seeing themselves the way society views them as a negative stereotype, instead of who they are. Du Bois states we should merge our two sides; the African American side with the rich proud culture we bring and the American side. Society says you must choose one because you are not able to incorporate the two sides into one person, why is African American culture the only culture society dictates to make this chose? Because society forcing the African American to choose, we are forced to question our worth. In some instances African American’s try to disguise who they are as a race in order to receive something that they are due as a human being; fair treatment. Du Bois encourages us to be proud of both sides of our consciousness, that it is possible to live inside and outside of the veil. We should embrace our distinct cultural identity and it must be acknowledged, respected and enabled to flourish. We don’t want to eliminate white American culture nor Negro culture in America, but to fuse the two into a genuine new element. The dream is that some day
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