W.E.B. Du Bois' 'Double Consciousness and the Veil'. But as readers, we wonder if the hearts of this era have still not been able to accept the difference in color. Du Bois is widely recognized for his contributions to the soci ology of race, his contributions to the foundations of sociology are largely ignored. W.E.B. No matter what Du Bois’s critics thought about him, Du Bois was the voice of African-American fight for equality. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. v. t. e. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois ( / djuːˈbɔɪs / dew-BOYSS; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) … Rather than attempting to hold two conflicting identities at once, Du Bois hopes that one day, the African American and American labels can coexist peacefully: “He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face” (Du Bois 179). This can cause women to have poor self-esteem as they try fruitlessly to keep up with society’s standards. If related to today’s world, Du Bois’ arguments would not gain as much traction as they did in 1903, because since The Souls of Black Folk was written the United States has advanced greatly in equal treatment of African Americans. All he wishes is to be both, a black and an American, to be called even, and given equal dignity and respect from his fellow countrymen. Physically speaking, the veil can be understood as dark skin, which, in our society marks Black people as different from White people. W. E. B. The two terms he incessantly used 'double consciousness' and the 'veil' couldn't have been put in a better set of words to explain his situation and what he felt about belonging to a looked-down-upon race. Is it so hard to understand? They have never experienced it after all. The question arises that after two centuries of slavery and 40 years of emancipation, why is there still so much injustice in the 20th century? Our endeavor is to put forth a summary and analysis of W.E.B. The metaphor described a vibrant social and political system developed by African Americans to bear the hardships of segregation and prejudice, behind which they remained largely invisible — and thereby unthreatening — to whites. He authored numerous publications, especially The Souls of Black Folk, The Philadelphia Negro and most of the Atlanta University Conference Annual Reports. History writes that W.E.B. Du Bois’ theory of double-consciousness and inner turmoil in African Americans can be applied to women in this situation: “It is a peculiar sensation, 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” (Du Bois 179). These cookies do not store any personal information. Du Bois: “Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the Twentieth Century. I do not feel that this is a politically-sided view; rather my main philosophy is that we must do what is most efficient and successful, and I think that by having everyone work together, we can reach this goal faster than we could if we all remained separated by societal standards. W.E.B. In other words, throughout human history male groups created their own status environments and reserved entry into these environments for members of their own male group (males racially, linguistically and religiously similar). He claims that there is an identity struggle between the need to hold on to one’s African heritage and the wish to be considered a full American: “One ever feels his twoness, – an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two reconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body” (Du Bois 179). He acknowledges that while progress has been made, society is still far from the equality he hopes to experience. Copyright © Penlighten & Buzzle.com, Inc.