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“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.
Dr. Wright gives a definition to clarify the reason for Blacks seeing Whites as psychopaths; he says that psychopaths are “one who is constantly in conflict with others and unable to experience guilt, completely selfish and callous and has total disregard for the rights of others” (Karenga, 2010). From the Black perspective it is clear why Whites are seen as psychopaths due to history and current situations, whites are known for the enslavement of Africans, taking their rights and treating them like animals, and also by
Before this paper proceeds any farther I must note, I am not a racist, I have many African American friends and despise white trash just as much as black trash. Why as humans do we fear only things that are different from us and what we know? Is it so difficult to conceive that a difference could be a good thing and not a bad one? The whites fear the blacks athletic ability. The blacks fear what they perceive as white dominance of the workplace, these fears lead to conflict.
Dr. Miller, Josh Green, and Jerry, three diverse black characters from The Marrow of Tradition, exhibit different effects of slavery and racism throughout the book. Dr. Miller gets his hard working qualities from his slavery influence, but racism makes him feel inferior. Josh Green, on the other hand, is socially subordinate because of slavery, and the racism makes him extremely violent towards whites. Lastly, Jerry is so influenced by white men that he still thinks he is under their control and conforms to everything they do; racism affects him by making him racist against blacks. The Civil War, though it supposedly ended slavery, monumentally impacted the blacks through racism and the long term consequences of slavery.
We will be examining a few aspects of double consciousness as discussed by DuBois and then as a response by Hurston. The first deals with trying to define oneself within a “white America” filled with discrimination against blacks. DuBois expresses confusion about this black identity during his era. He knows that essentially he is the same on the inside as a white person as far as needs and desires in life. This can be seen from his statement, “I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil,” (DuBois 896) meaning that he is discriminated agai... ... middle of paper ... ...DuBois describes only the negative effects of racism and highlights the struggles and hardships that an African Americans comes up against.
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