The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches
Throughout history the concept of Civil Rights has been fought by many individuals specifically minorities for numerous years. W.E.B Du Bois, a major civil rights activist, used his sociology background to create equality within the black and white society by writing essays on his theory of the Negro problem. Du Bois’ knowledge of social change lead him to create the talented tenth strategy which was a strategy to help train African American leaders and educators in black colleges. Du Bois’ method of the talented tenth was to gather majority of the leaders and elite educators to continue their education, writing books, or becoming directly involved in social change. Du Bois wanted to lead the ten elite educated leaders and represent the African American community. W.E.B Du Bois discussed the talented tenth as his view on African Americans being gifted with second-sight, the longing for African Americans to attain self-consciousness, and the contrast between industrial educations vs. classical education. For the African American community the talented tenth is not an effective strategy because the community as a whole will not benefit from being represented by educated blacks.
African Americans, even without the general bases of education had the formal idea that they had the gift of the second sight or the idea of wearing an “invisible veil”. The veil affect is being seen through others eyes within their immediate community and their relevance in the world. “After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted 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. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes...
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