W.E. Du Bois struggled his whole life to reach a point where he could be equal with whites and all other races. The research and movements he started, have helped create many groups and organizations that are in place today to promote equality. However what would Du Bois think about our modern society and the modern NAACP? I think he could be proud of how far we’ve come as a society and how we’ve progressed. He would thank the NAACP for striving for a better world and creating a place where people aren’t scared to be black or white. The one thing I think he would criticize would be the way that the certain black equality leaders such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton exploit situations for themselves with the cover of fighting for justice. In one of Al Sharpton’s first big national causes was Tawana Brawley where Tawana, a black teenager, accused white men, at least one being a police officer, of raping her and holding her in the woods. Her story then changed that she was sodomized and sexually abused with no rape. No evidence of rape was found and she was found with no physical harm, no malnourishment, and she had recently brushed her teeth. Al Sharpton aided her in her case against the men and took her side no matter what the evidence said. This case caused distrust of black equality leaders like Sharpton among whites and even furthered some racial tension, the exact opposite of the goal. If Sharpton had taken a step back to look at the evidence he might have seen the flaws , instead he looked for a way to further his career and be in the spot light. I do not doubt that the goal of leaders like Sharpton is to create equality amongst all races, but I do believe they have deviated and have not stuck to this goal in all cases. I believe that Du Bois would criticize this much like C.L. Bryant, former NAACP leader, criticized them during the Trayvon Martin case.
This is a link of his view of these leaders.