How The Veil And Double Consciousness Theory

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How does the contributions of W.E.B Dubois fit into the world today? In order to dive into this topic we can follow the works of social theorist W.E.B. Dubois and the effect they may have on black athletes. Dubois introduced the world to sociological theories such as the veil and double consciousness. In this analysis, I will provide examples of how the Veil and Double Consciousness theories contribute to today’s society by observing professional black athletes.
Dubois understood what it meant to be a black man having to identify with two mindsets. Yet, individuals would find it hard to walk a mile in those shoes. “The Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world” (Dubois 1). The discrimination between perception of the other and its relation to internal self can be viewed as DuBois 's veil concept or double-consciousness theory. “One ever feels his two-ness, an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder” (Dubois 1). Dubois stresses the difference between internal and external forces which contribute to certain perceptions. Double-consciousness can be a noticed but rarely analyzed subject among athletes of color.
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