The Philadelphia Negro (1899) was one of the first studies of an African American community in the Seventh Ward of Philadelphia to be published in the United States. Du Bois exposes the the social conditions of African Americans in Philadelphia through experience, living with his wife directly in the heart of the Seventh Ward, through 5,000 surveys and interviews . Du Bois findings were sad, the amount of racism, unfairness in the workforce, actually getting a job, raising children, and the relationship if there ever could be a true relationship between an African American and white, without it just being one way.
(Color Prejudice) “everybody speaks of the matter, everybody knows that it exists, but in just what form it shows itself or how influential it is few agree”(pg342) Its so ironic that even though this work was published over a century ago we can still apply it to the racism that still exists but so many are few to agree. Du Bois’s work goes into great detail about exactly how the people of Philadelphia treated African Americans. Trying to get a job he couldn’t be more than “menial servant” and as for a woman well she had an option of three careers domestic service, sewing a married life. Getting a chance to actually excel and attain a hire position if it would happen just wouldn’t last long. but most likely not given chance. Raising children that are constantly discriminated against. Du Bois explained that parents put into a position of raising their children under such circumstances is difficult, parent doesn’t exactly want their child to settle and accept their living conditions, but at the same time doesn’t want the child to hate the whites and reject his own people. Making friends with a white person was usually one way friendship anything the white person wanted or if felt like acknowledging that was really up to them. After so many years we can still find racism in many parts of the world. Some people are still raised to believe that race matters, a lot of us laugh at racial jokes and ethnic jokes. We live in neighborhoods that are either white, black, or latino. You can see that our society has changed drastically since slavery and the publication of The Philadelphia Negro, years and centuries ago, but to say that racism and prejudice are gone that would be false. Du Bois explains that even through everything the African Americans have experienced through slavery, the prejudice of three hundred years to present, the unfairness but still “under it increased in numbers and efficiency, is not in any immediate danger of extinction”. (pg345) In our society now to be successful both of us need each other, and we see that we work together, live together so times and beliefs have had some improvements to some not enough. We can make it work just like Dubois work states.. ” the two races should strive side by side to realize the ideals of the republic and make THIS TRULY A LAND OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL MEN!!!!!!(pg 345 W.E.B. Du Bois THe Philadelphia Negro)