Souls Of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois

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In chapter 1 of The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, Du Bois helps the reader get a better understanding of the struggle of black folk. Du Bois spent his childhood away up in the hills of New England. He would exchange visiting cards with the children in his schoolhouse, until one girl refused his card. It dawned on him that with certain suddenness that he was different from the others, he felt shut out from their world. Early in the chapter, Du Bois asks the question, “How does it feel to be a problem?” This is another way of asking, “How does it feel to be a Black person?” He talks about how being a problem is a strange peculiar experience for him for he has never been anything else. Double consciousness comes from African Americans…show more content…
She also believes that white people are taught not to recognize their white privilege, as males are also taught not to recognize male privilege. According to McIntosh, “White privilege is like an invisible weightless backpack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks.” McIntosh has identified many of the effects of white privilege in her everyday life. For example, “I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.” Or “I can easily buy posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.” For McIntosh, racism is seen as something which puts another person at a disadvantage. She finds that white people are taught “to think of their lives as a morally neutral, normative, and average, also ideal, so that when we work to benefit others, this is seen as work which will allow “them” to be more like “us.” McIntosh describes white privilege distinctly and strongly as the idea of an invisible weightless knapsack of special benefits and more. To put in other words, a white person in America has on his or her back an invisible knapsack providing favored positions, acceptance, status, and more. Both Du Bois and McIntosh share their experience on different sides of the line and show us what it is
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