W.E. B. DuBois focused his work on the racial struggling within the Capitalism society. He believed that knowledge was essential in combating prejudice and achieving tolerance and justice. He thinks that sociologists needed to use scientific principles to study social problems, which can let people separate opinion from facts. He tried to change the status quo back in his days, yet he didn’t find a receptive audience within either the government or the academic world. DuBois’s most key concept is double consciousness, which refer to the division of an individual’s identity into two or more social realities. For example, the President of the United States today is African American. Yet millions of African Americans are still struggling under the prejudice and colortocracy.
Below is a part from Gayle Rubin’s book Deviation “The Traffic in Women” which I find it related to both gender and racial inequality.
“Marx once asked: “What is a Negro slave? A man of the black race. The one explanation is as good as the other. A Negro is a Negro. He only becomes a slave in certain relations. A cotton spinning jenny is a machine for spinning cotton. It becomes capital only in certain relations. Torn from these relationships it is no more capital than gold in itself is money or sugar is the price of sugar. One might paraphrase: what is a domesticated woman? A female of the species. The one explanation is as good as the other. A woman is a woman. She only becomes a domestic, a wife, a chattel, a playboy bunny, a prostitute, or a human Dictaphone in certain relations. Torn from these relationships, she is no more the helpmate of man than gold in itself is money…and so on. What, then, are these relationships by which a female becomes an oppressed woman?” (Rubin 2011)