Although Du Bois new that jobs and education were a good thing he didn’t feel like it was enough and he made sure to voice that. Du Bois believed that, African Americans rights and self-worth was more important and education would come with their rights, which is completely right. Du Bois plan was to fight for political power first, that way there is African Americans in office to let the African Americans voices be heard and let them have some say in the decisions being made about them. Once they received political power they then would fight for civil rights because once they received political power it would be harder for them to deprive African Americans of their rights when there is an African American in office with higher power. Du Bois then felt that once the political power and civil right were received then the fight for higher education for the African American youth would be the next battle. Once you have rights and political power to make decisions he felt higher education could be received and never taken from them again. Du Bois plan was problematic but
-Du Bois, Of Our Spiritual Strivings, 1903 Growing up Du Bois often played with the white kids in school, and he strived to be recognized for being more knowledgeable in all aspects than they were, however, he came to realize that it would never be possible. Through interactions with other black boys Du Bois was made aware of his limitations, nevertheless, he, like many black people fought to be optimistic in finding ways to take these opportunities that were so rightfully theirs. However, the question emerged of how could a person strive to be prosperous and have everything that the race he so greatly detest has, without being considered dishonorable by his own people? Many African Americans are brainwashed and fall under the misconception that having an education, a career, or even speaking proper, falls into the category of acting white. This ideology places a lot of stress on many successful black people, who growing up faced bullying and were described as a disgrace to their own race.
Colin Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49er quarterback but also a daring black man that has decided to speak for the voices that can’t, has made his voice heard by kneeling during America’s beloved ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’. Jaweed Kaleem writes in the article “In the ‘land of the free,’ are you free to sit out the national anthem?” about the controversial topic in which he showcases the two sides of how it deems to be disrespectful to sit out the national anthem vs how Kaepernick has the freedom of expression to sit out what he believes does not benefit him.
During the American Gilded Age, W.E.B Du Bois, a civil rights activist, historian, and sociologist, was a significant figure in U.S history. He strongly advocated for the rights of blacks in post-civil war America primarily focusing on the importance of education, political rights, and social equality for African Americans. His accomplishments include becoming the first black to get a PhD at Harvard and co-founding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909. Although there were many ground breaking progress for blacks, Du Bois heavily expressed his concern for black representation in the political system. In his 1903 book, The Souls of Black Folks, Du Bois articulated the importance of representation for blacks stating,
Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has created much controversy in the nation over his latest protest. During a preseason football game Kaepernick was photographed sitting during the national anthem (McKirdy). When asked about the action later, Kaepernick explained, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” (Wyche). The nation exploded. Many showed their support for the quarterback, expressing pride in him for “standing up” for the things he believes in. Others displayed their anger with him for disrespecting the flag and all the things the flag represents. After seeing what a backlash his action received, Kaepernick decided to kneel instead of sitting, claiming that his new way of protesting would show more respect for those in the line of duty (Anthem uproar). Although he has the right to protest, sitting during the national anthem is the wrong way to draw attention to a specific cause.
These ideas of the “color line” and the “glass ceiling” have shaped the Veil around colored people. Du Bois describes the color line as spectrum of all races and what races are more “superior” in America and black people are at the end of this spectrum. When Social Darwinism was prevalent during this time, Du Bois believed that every black person should become educated in order to educate more generations to come, so that black people can shape into studious beings. He being a professor himself, found that exposure to education at a young age would have more impact than trying to become educated as an adult. When black people did this and succeeded, white people still looked at them
There have been various tactics that southern whites used to slow down this educational progress. First, White communities would not hire African-American teachers, despite meeting the required credentials. Du Bois faced this firsthand when he was searching for a job in Tennessee. He would walk, because horses were too expensive, many miles asking schools ‘Got a teacher? Yes.’ The difficulty of being accepted into schools is another reason behind the uneducated African-American. Some schools would deny students based on the color of their skin. For example, Alexander Crummell was an African-American who sought an education from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. He would be rejected admission; but, the rejection did not deter him from his goal of obtaining an education. He would eventually own “his own chapel in Providence, a priest of the Church.” The experience of him being rejected created a man that would not complain of America’s standards. Instead, he would use the rejection to inspire the young, unwilling, and uneducated
“The opposition to Negro education in the South was at first bitter… for the South Believed an educated Negro to be a dangerous Negro” (Du Bois, 56/20). However, Du Bois made a counteracting point when his following statement, “And the South was not wholly wrong; for education among all kinds of men always has had, and always will have, an element of danger and revolution, of dissatisfaction and discontent. (Du Bois, 56). The South believed in the dangers of educating a “black” man because of possibly a “retaliation”. It was appealing to read the ignorance of the “white man” because everyone, regardless of skin color, want to learn. Du Bois, made that clear with the argument that “men strive to know” (Du Bois, 56). Furthermore, keeping an education away from a “black” man was another deep root cause that African Americans faces because without their trainings how could they be judged so intensely by the whites. I selected a sentence from, The Souls of Black Folk, that was told to be found from a Southern journal and I solely use this sentence because it exemplifies how much of a waste whites believed an education was on an African America. It reads, “The whole scheme has proved a waste of time, efforts, and the money of the state” (Southern journal, 96). This was a publicized articled around the time of the 20th century. But this was a generalized idea of how lowly the black people were thought of. This was not just a couple of people, but states as a whole who shared the common interest of hate towards the African American’s. Also, if it was not the questioning whether a black deserved an education it could be because education was sought to transform blacks into corrupted people. At least, that is what I got out of reading the text about John in the last chapter of, A Soul of a Black Folk. An excerpt from the text states, “The white folk of Altamaha voted John a good boy,
This article,”In the land of the free,’ are you free to sit out the national anthem?” Was written by Jaweed Kaleem, who discusses the topic of an athlete sitting down during the national anthem. The athlete Colin Kaepernick, remained seated during the anthem while his fellow teammates stood covering their hearts. By doing this Kaepernick set the national debate about “race on a collision course with three pillars of American patriotism: football,military and police.” The author goes on and explains how blacks don't feel as if they should honor a country when before they weren't treated as an equal person. This debate was blown up by the social media which started to affect politics. Kaepernick gives off personal moments that happened to him
In his book, The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois attempts to show readers through multiple essays the struggle that black men face in the late 1800s. He does this by introducing readers to what he refers to as “the veil” (8). This veil is described by Du Bois as a “sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others” (8). This idea sets the tone for his writings henceforth as he describes the plight African Americans face in the times following Emancipation, and it sheds light on the complexities that black people face in their pursuit to be simply be treated fairly while being not only an American, but also an African American (9).
This article is about Colin Kaepernick’s choice of sitting during the pledge and the national anthem. Some see his choice as either a disgrace or heroic. Taking a stand for what the flag really means; freedom and equality. Other colored athletes have gotten hate for not showing respect towards the flag as well.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Massachusetts where he stayed to earn his Ph. D in History. Although growing up in the more tolerant North, Du Bois realized, at an early age, skin color will always be an issue. His dedication and love of learning empowered him with the feeling that through education it would one day be possible to breach the color line. His position as a Harvard graduate and his love for education meant that he was able to travel throughout the country to study exactly what the United States are even writing that he “touched the very shadow of slavery” (Monteiro 2010). He gained invaluable knowledge and with this he began to teach what he had learned. Immediately he began
In W.E.B. Du Bois’ novel, “The Souls of Black Folk”, Du Bois’ talks about the black man’s struggle before, during, and after the Civil War and Reconstruction. Throughout the book, he had commended how the African American had the potential to become a great contributor to society. However, Du Bois
ever knew. Du Bois explains how although this is ok for a southern man like Washington to conform, when making the transition from the south to the north times are different. He challenges how Washington should not have went a long preaching to the north when he did not completely understand what being in the north entailed. He describes how Washington’s educational and consumerism approach is intelligent for someone like Washington, being an educator, but not the best solution for the African American population.
This Paper will go over kneeling for protest in the NFL with views from both liberals and conservatives. On August fourteenth and twentieth, in 2016 a man named Colin Kaepernick became the first person to protest during the pledge of allegiance during a football game, however, he mostly went unnoticed while he sat. On August twenty-sixth, 2016, Colin Kaepernick's sitting during the national anthem attracted a lot of attention and his team, the San Francisco 49ers released a statement saying Colin Kaepernick was sitting during the anthem. Colin Kaepernick said he was protesting not because of the military, but because he wanted to bring more attention to the suffering of colored people and issues with police violence. On September first, 2016