Du Bois and Black Liberation
by Dax-Devlon Ross
Denise sent me this blog today and I wanted to share it with others. While I don’t agree with everything the writer has to say, it is nonetheless really interesting and insightful. Below is a portion I found most compelling.
DuBois is widely thought of as an uncompromising adversary of white supremacy and its social pillar, the white slave owners, those former Masters and their offspring. They, having lost their human chattel in 1865 and had regained it in 1876 through the institution of Jim Crow and share cropping: White Supremacy.
“Don’t believe the hype. DuBois actually claimed that the slave owners of yore and their progeny were the one class of whites in the South that was benevolent towards black folk:
“Today even the attitude of the Southern whites toward the blacks is not, as so many assume, in all cases the same; the ignorant Southerner hates the Negro, the workingmen fear his competition, the money-makers wish to use him as a laborer, some of the educated see a menace in his upward development, while others–usually the sons of the masters–wish to help him to rise. National opinion has enabled this last class to maintain the Negro common schools, and to protect the Negro partially in property, life, and limb.” W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls Of Black Folk.
DuBois must’ve greatly enjoyed “Gone With the Wind”.”
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