Du Bois, W. E. B.
Although he wrote during the early twentieth century, the racial issues that NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois explores are, sadly, still pertinent to this day. In chapter 9 of his timeless book, The Souls of Black Folk, he examines at the relationships--personal, economic, political, and religious--both forged and ignored across racial borders. As he delves into the reasoning behind our past and current prejudices, Du Bois presents a plea to the black community for leadership and civic participation. He laments the poor state of American public education, and pinpoints a crucial problem in current race relations: that, "despite much... daily intermingling, there is almost no community of intellectual life or point of transference" between races. Du Bois suggests that we can only advance our one race of humanity "not [through] almsgiving, but rather [through] sympathy and cooperation among classes who would scorn charity."
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The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois (Penguin Classics, 1996).
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