W.E.B. Du Bois and The Colorline

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W.E.B. Du Bois was a political activist and sociologist who focused on the racial inequalities between blacks and whites in society. He also discussed issues that he felt were the “root” of the problems that the African Americans were facing in America. One of Du Bois’ most famed concepts was the concept of the “Colorline”. The “colorline” describes the “relation of the darker races to the lighter races” (338). Blacks were prejudiced against people of their own race by describing people with a fairer skin tone as more superior than those with a darker skin tone. Even the features of one’s face were usually compared to that of a white person : thin lips. straight hair, etc. The more “white-like” features one had, the more “status” they had. Du Bois felt this internalized color prejudice was separating people of color. African Americans with less “white like” features did not really have a positive outlook on life. This is due to the injustice of blacks at the time. Their skin color was included as a qualification in anything (such as work) instead of their actual skills first. To Du Bois, omitting the colorline ideology will help blacks uplift themselves in society.

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One response to “W.E.B. Du Bois and The Colorline

  1. W.E.B. Du Bois theory focused on racial inequalities between black and whites still seen today. You would’ve thought just because we’re so modern things would change, although it’s not as bad but still remains. We see these acts of racial inequalities in job interviews, and job applications (because now they ask you about race/ethnicity) if you have the skills they need why would they want to know your race, i don’t see how’s that relevant to any job. It doesn’t matter is you’re African american or white or Hispanic at the end of the day is about the skill each individual carries and how they end up delivering it.

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