The whole race and discrimination topic has always been interesting to me, as well, to many others I am sure. It is a topic that never gets old and there is always something new to learn about or new stories to tell and listen to. W.E.B. DuBois was one of the first political activists in regards in bringing about the issue of color and racializations. In 1899 he conducted a huge study, The Philadelphia Negro” in which there was a fine line between class and the “colorline” within Philly black communities. He found that there were four “ranks”: 1. the well-to-do, 2. the decent hard workers, 3. the “worthy poor”, and 4. the “submerged tenth”. All these represented the different socioeconomic statues of the communties. DuBois also talked about the idea of color prejudice and how this logic was a widespread feeling a black person had in regards to disliking for his own blood, which in retrosepect, kept him from obtaining decent employment. His children even had to deal with this unfortunate wrath. Everyday situations were made even more difficult to them due to this color prejudice. Getting work and keeping it was one thing but entering new lines of work, spending money, rearing children and social interactions were also something they had to face on a daily basis. I could only imagine what a world like that would be like and I applaud all the people who had to live their lives in such a way for such a long time but we have come such a long way and I hope we continue to keep on keeping the line between color and race as thin as possible.
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