Black Folk, W. B. Du Bois

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In The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois defines the problem of the Twentieth Century to be the color-line. The color line is a metaphor for the segregation within the African-American and Caucasian community The Veil refers to the community of African-American’s in the past (during slavery), present (post emancipation), and future. The color-line is used to describe the racial segregation between African-American’s and Caucasian’s post-emancipation, and because of this divide in the United States the African-American Community cannot therefore strive to become equal with Caucasian society. The great divide includes physical separation through mediums such as slavery, the Jim Crow laws, economic equality, and educational inequality and physical barriers through the veil to safeguard “otherness”, to assure that the color line in the African American community will remain permanent and helpless. The psychological breach that occurs when “the doors of Opportunity [are] closed roughly in his face” causes his “strength to lose effectiveness” and therefore he is no longer “dogged” (Du Bois, 3). And then, with the reoccurring practices done to slaves, their identity son becomes beaten down as they were, and non existent as they were treated. Africa-American’s entered the country believing that they were not only are they an American, but “a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it
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