Souls Of Black Folk, By B. Dubois

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How does it feel like to be a problem? Many would answer this question in different ways. Everyone has experienced “being the problem” in different ways. However, in terms of race, the answer to this question was similar among most African Americans. Living like they are a problem, consists of a majority of their lives. Different documents ranging from 1903 to our present day in 2015 mirror this same ideology. People such as W.E.B DuBois, Anne Moody, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama, expressed the same concern. Many people in our society, past and present, see being African American as a sign of inferiority. Race shouldn’t be the distinguishing factor between people. Moody, King, Obama, and DuBois all show that the fixation on race was a debilitating problem and appealed to their audiences for action to break free of these prejudices by trying to identify the problems and recommending courses of action.
In his book, Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois identifies the challenge that an African American would face living in the United States. Early on in his book, he relates how as a young child, he came to the realization that he was different. Yet instead of sitting back and abiding to the waves and flow of society’s ideology, he decided that he would empower himself. He decided that he would acquire a proper education. However, he found that it is difficult for an African American to find his place in American society, since they do not live just as black men in

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