Black Gold Using the Theoretic Works of W.E.B Du Bois
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In many U.S homes, as is the custom in most western cultures, the first beverage consumed at the start of every day is coffee. From its origins in Ethiopia, the strong black liquid has evolved from its modest beginnings to become an art form, a gourmet luxury, and the addiction of millions. The documentary Black Gold directed by Nic and Marc Francis addresses issues that rarely cross the minds of its consumers: who produces the coffee, and how does the coffee we drink directly affect the livelihood of those farmers who grow it? The documentary highlights the poverty that plagues Ethiopian coffee farmers by contrasting the impoverished African cities with the wealth of the western countries that control the market in order to gain the…show more content… An example of The Veil observed in the documentary can be seen during the taping of the 2003 World Trade Organization conference held for delegates from around the world to establish rules for global trade. As the days progressed in the conference, tensions between developing countries rose as their demands were ignored amidst hundreds of delegates of the United States and other western countries who prioritized business and capital gain. One female delegate from Africa accused western delegates of sabotage as many of them held private meetings in their hotel rooms to discuss business matters. What was meant to be a platform for formal interactions between countries became a divided meeting between those who advocated for change and others who preferred to maintain the status quo. The definition of The Veil directly speaks to the African delegates who despite speaking passionately for their cause, faced barriers in communication as they lacked a significant number of members to talk to everyone in attendance. That year, the WTO talks ended in collapse as the developing countries refused to sign any contracts that did not coincide with their advocacy. The behaviors and perceptions by both the Black and White delegates were the result of their position of influence and power during the events of the meeting (Black Gold).