Steele’s solution entails that people must begin to individualize themselves. As mentioned earlier, the black community became a singular people and although unification can be a positive idea, with unification comes division, which leads to seclusion. This is because unification is created by a group sharing a common trait, however, there will always be those that do not have this trait and that is where division occurs and eventually seclusion is created. For this reason, Steele encourages his audience to move beyond “Race-as-identity”. He explains that individualization can be beneficial because it prevents general associations from being formed and without these associations people will feel less compelled to conform to them.
Steele’s solution entails that people must begin to individualize themselves. As mentioned earlier, the black community became a singular people and although unification can be a positive idea, with unification comes division, which leads to seclusion. This is because unification occurs by a group sharing a common trait, however, there will always be those that do not have this trait and that is where division occurs and eventually seclusion is created. For this reason, Steele encourages his audience to move beyond “Race-as-identity”. He explains that individualization can be beneficial because it prevents general associations from being formed and without these associations people will feel less compelled to conform to them.
Black Consciousness has been defined as an attitude of the mind and a way of life. Therefore, the purpose of teaching Black Consciousness was to conquer feelings of black inferiority and replace it with a new solid social identity which encouraged black pride and independence from white oppression. Africans should reject the myths from which Apartheid was conceived, where blacks were depicted as inferior, savage, simple and having a primitive culture which needed to be modernized. Rather blacks should believe in their true identity of being survivors with the utmost human dignity. Black people needed to become aware of their collective power both economically and politically.
This importance of race in public and private life, as well as subjective experiences of racism, have drawn to existentialism both black and white philosophers who address racial issues. Indeed, the marginal status of existentialism in philosophy is a good match for the marginal status of racial studies, and the marginal presence of black philosophers. Also, the awareness of human difficulty by existentialists, generally, is relevant to the specific difficulties of the American black experience. Ralph Ellison has been claimed and interpreted by existentialist theorists and critics, since the mid-1950s. The early existentialist readings of his novel, Invisible Man, look naive today because in their emphasis on the universal dimensions of the narrator's predicaments, which are read as existentialist predicaments, they ignore the extent to which Ellison was addressing white racism.
Slims Table is all about this quote. Mitchell Duneier felt it was time to search for the truth in regards to the black working class. He wanted to try and address the long-term myths about them, and although he conceded that he may not have gotten the whole picture, after all it would be pretty hard to; he truly did feel that his work allowed people to see what the black working man, living in a ghetto, is all about.
The Brotherhood recruits African-American men to hold certain positions in order to spread the word about an experiment and methodology they have developed to promote equality in the communities. However, all that their methods did was control the way African-Americans think, how they relay their ideals, and what jobs that they can have. They took what stereotypical view they had of African-Americans and designed a template for how they think African-Americans to act in order to form peace. African-Americans are not guinea pigs for social and environmental experiments. They are not a species that made their way to America, and now there needs to be a plan in order to control them.
The metaphor of the veil is impressive, and understood as a construct born of the color-line, which in turn created within the black American a double-consciousness. This condition would not allow them to see, or be themselves wholly, as the stereotypical images and beliefs of whites overshadowed them, made them invisible behind the veil. Du Bois real hope in constructing Souls of Black Folks was to give blacks a better understanding of their own nature and psychology as a result of others lack of regard for their blackness, while
A final example of symbolism is Jefferson’s radio. It symbolizes the tiny bit of normalcy in his life. It distracts him from the fact that he will die, and he is able to connect with the outside world. The radio helps him feel like he belongs to society. Although the story had somewhat of a depressing tone, I would recommend it to others because it shows the injustices that happened to blacks in the 1940s.
The masquerade began as members of the white race tried to pass as black and during that experience gain some satisfaction from their own lost and confused existence. Claude McKay was unique in style and tone, yet still followed the other artists by topic. The exotic in Claude McKay's "Harlem Shadows" is apparent. McKay is developing the exotic throughout the text and saying that black exoticism is the only way that Africans can survive in America. McKay wants the African American to embrace their bodies, but there is an element of pity to the work.
Not only are we accepting the feminization of the black male image, but we are embracing it as culture and entertainment. Art remains the reflection of human reality; however, art also impacts human reality. We must shake the emotionalism and individualism, while gaining a lucid perspicacity of what we are up against. Everything is not about entertainment!