The Color Line

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The color line, W.E.B. Dubois viewed it, is a line drawn between two groups of individuals (not necessarily of different races) that accentuates the contemptuous discrimination of Western literature, philosophy, and various other meanings. Du Bois said on the start of his groundbreaking book entitled “The Souls of Black Folk” for the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line a statement setting out to show people the strange meanings of being black here in the dawning of the twentieth century. Du Bois explains the relations of the darker to the lighter race of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” The color lone is both a pre-existing social and cultural structure and an internalized attitude. It was the line that had the best jobs in the economy for one group of people, while denying them to another. The role of race and racism in history and society is referred by the concept of color line. Du Bois, requires multidimensional analysis, which identifies and understands race and class at national and international level. He was primarily concerned with nature and intersection of race and class so he constructed three types of research illuminating the actual social conditions of African Americans for example “The Philadelphia Negro.” Secondly he wrote as said before interpretive essay’s that informed by careful historical research and personal experiences as well as keen observation for example, “The Souls of Black Folk” which emphasize the subjectice experience and sources of inequality. Thirdly he wrote an explicitly political essay focusing on Pan-Africanist and socialist solutions to inequality and racism for example color and democratic colonies and peace. At the collective rational level, the color line results in realized social institutions such as the Jim Crow law regarding residential segregations of blacks in ghettos or poor neighborhoods. Also segregations of schools between black and white students,...
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