The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois

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In W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk, DuBois talks about the relationship between black people and white people. DuBois through his book is trying to explain all of the obstacles black people have to go through due to racial issues. He says how a black person is made two of everything, even though they are just one normal human being and the only difference is their color. “One ever feels his two-ness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder” (DuBois, 38). In this essay we are going look at how a black person is treated differently than a white person and that no matter how much that black person tries to make something of themselves, it still gets taken away unfairly. Black people were seen as a problem by the white people just because their skin color was different; How does it feel to be a Problem? They say, I know an excellent colored man in my town; or, I fought at Mechanicsville; or, Do not these Southern outrages make your blood boil? At these I smile, or am interested, or reduce the boiling to a simmer, as the occasion may require. To the real question, How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word. (DuBois, 37) All black people wanted was respect and human rights during their life, but the white people somehow had power over them and decided that they were a problem and wouldn’t give them any of those. The white people would make fun of the black people in front of their faces, telling them how another black person was beat up and how all the black people are a problem for the white people. How would you feel if someone told you that you were a problem? This would really up... ... middle of paper ... ...that people need to be educated about it. After John’s job was taken away from him he didn’t see any reason to stick around there anymore. “Mammy, I’m going away, - I’m going to be free.” John left and went north. He was sick of being pushed around and wanted to go some where’s where he was given an opportunity to do what he wanted to. This essay showed us how white people wouldn’t let black people have any rights and treated them like they were a problem. It also showed us that no matter how much that black person tries to make something of themselves and it still gets taken away unfairly. John spent years away trying to obtain an education to educate everyone on equality, but the white people took that privilege away from him. Works Cited B., Du Bois W. E. The Souls of Black Folk. Ed. David W. Blight and Robert Gooding-Williams. Boston: Bedford, 1997. Print.
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