The Veil By Jean Dubois

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For DuBois, the veil refers to three things. First, the veil suggests to the darker skin of Blacks, which is a physical difference from whiteness. Secondly, the veil suggests white people’s lack of clarity to see Blacks as “true” Americans. And lastly, the veil refers to Blacks’ lack of clarity to see themselves outside of what white America describes and provides for them. Dubois believes that socially present-day African-American has had at least two life-altering experiences in life. The moment they realized they was Black, and the moment when African Americans realize their blackness is a problem. Dubois realized his blackness being a problem For DuBois, these realizations came during a ball, “at which he was “peremptorily”…show more content…
DuBois describes this phenomena as “double-consciousness”, which is the awareness of the “two-ness” of being “an American and an African-American]”, and the largely unconscious, almost instinctive movement between the these two identities, as needed. Martin Luther King even spoke of the two Americans in his speech “The Other America” “One America is beautiful for situation. In this America, millions of people have the milk of prosperity and the honey of equality flowing before them. This America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and material necessities for their bodies, culture and education for their minds, freedom and human dignity for their spirits.” This America MLK speaks of is the privileged white America. He goes on to explain the other America in which the African Americans live such a dark and gloomy place. “This other America has a daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair. In this other America, thousands and thousands of people, men in particular walk the streets in search for jobs that do not exist. In this other America, millions of people are forced to live in vermin-filled, distressing housing conditions where they do not have the privilege of having wall-to-wall carpeting, but all too often, they end up with wall-to-wall rats and roaches.” This is the veil Dubois is talking about others can
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