Life Behind the Veil in Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk Du Bois' metaphor of double consciousness and his theory of the Veil are the most inclusive explanation of the ever-present plight of modern African Americans ever produced. In his nineteenth century work, The Souls of Black Folks, Du Bois describes double consciousness as a "peculiar sensation. . . the sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity" (Du Bois, 3).
According to Du Bois “The Negro is a sorth of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted the with second-sight in this American world, a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world”( STC, PG 351). The black man still tries to figure out who he is as a person as the white men constitently put him down. To close this research, Du Bois’s studies do a great job in portrayed the inner battles African Americans deal with. His three concepts exist amongst the African population and and his multideminsional work on racial behavior reinforces it. W.E.B Du Bois acknowledges that racism is indeed a structural force, therefore his rational factors and collectivist theorys are significant even today.
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).
Apparently he concludes it would not. In his aim to represent the African-American people to mainstream America, Du Bois offers his own narrative, in a variety of voices, to represent the whole. His various means of expression represent his particular experience, which is in many ways exceptional and outside of the norm for his time. This sets him apart from the mainstream of black America, yet also highlights his experience of dualism as an African American. Despite the fact that as a cultured Northerner he has access to the resources of white America, his testimony shows that he is "bone of the bone and flesh of the flesh of them that live within the Veil."
The effects of racism in U.S. history have made the job of defining Black culture particularly difficult, Toomer however, remains on of the first black authors who addresses the issue of a post slavery society. The text itself presents numerous references regarding Toomer's beliefs that the past inspires the modern writer. However, the focus remains on the present situation of Blacks in America and not their history. One of the most interesting aspects in his work proves to be his use of prose, structure, and character to draw upon his Black heritage to demonstrate how history does affect the modern Black. By incorporating history in to these parts of the novel, Toomer offers a definite role for Blacks in the twentieth century.
The invisible man is symbolic of Black Americans as invisible peoples in America. “Although we do not have “social equality” we do have a “social responsibility”. The narrator deciphers these concepts throughout the novel and discovers that the Black American predicament, of socially inequality, gives black Americans the power and burden of true social
The way a black person may change their ways for one another because of the POV of mankind. While remaining himself he has two POV’s, two ways of thinking, and two ways of doing. They reasons the one contains the self consciousness is because of reasoning with himself and the world and ... ... middle of paper ... ...he black people. With Washington being a black person he shouldn’t create something going against himself. But that is the one of many downs of the double consciousness that a black withholds.
There are many theories from lack of inclusion in society to Imperialist Patriarchy. Whatever the cause the issue needs to be resolved. Toby S. Jenkins (Mr. Nigger), Hooks (We Real Cool Black Men and Masculinity) and T. C. Howard ( Who Really Cares? The Disenfranchisement of African-American Males in PreK-12 Schools) attempt to address the issues that have led to the Black male being an underachiever and what can be done to resolve these issues and put Black men on the same playing field as their counterparts.
The critically acclaimed African American scholar, W.E.B. DuBois, contends the strife of minority groups (specifically African Americans) in the United States. DuBois sets the opening scene for other African American literary artists who use literature as a means of self-expression and explanation. According to DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk, African Americans have developed two identities in American society: “This double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. 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 527).
The anaphora of blindness reveals itself in the two African American novels, Native Son by Richard Wright, written before the civil rights era, and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, written in the mid 1950’s. They are spliced in an effort to center in on the American racial discrimination and segregation through both Wright’s and Ellison’s imagery to show how white supremacists forced African Americans to live a life without progression. Not only are whites responsible for the lack of progression within the black race, but blacks themselves are partially responsible for their own quality of life. Both races have chosen to turn a blind eye and neglect those who are oppressed. Ellison and Wright both depict blindness as a rebellious point of view that plays an important role in the everyday struggle for African Americans against white supremacists.