Analysis Of W. E. B. Dubois's The Talented Tenth

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Education can only take you so far in the world, until realizing that the color of your skin affect everything you want to achieve in the world. Ellison narrator thought that he was better than other blacks, when he had the dreams that him and his grandfather was at the circus, noticing his grandfather was not laughing, showed that the clowns represented the black man performing. In the story Ellison narrator said “I felt superior to them in my way, and I didn’t like the manner in which we were all crowded together in the servants’ elevator” (1). W.E.B DuBois felt the way to for African American to help themselves, was to educated some of the race, so that the a few educated blacks can represented other midlevel educated blacks against whites.…show more content…
The problem education, then, among Negroes must first of all deal with talented tenth; it is the problem of developing the Best of this race that they may guide the mass away from the contamination and the death of the Worst, in their own race and other races’ (1). In today society we have an enormous amount of well-educated African Americans, we still face some of the same problems we faced as being slaves. Ellison narrator views on how he was better than people in his own race is very flawed and can destroyed unity African American community. Ellison need to realize, no matter how superior he thought he was to the African Americans race, that some whites view him as still being a black man instead of being a human being. The only way for society to move toward social equality is looking beyond race, religions background, but for people to have better human characteristic and more
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