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Post Number: 1710
|Posted on Friday, February 27, 2009 - 03:05 pm: |
It's a shame that W.E.B. Du Bois has been relegated to a position of only being mentioned when compared to Garvey.
I know Thump is not going to like what I am to say because we've been here before. Thump has voiced his dislike of Du Bois (here's where we might have a difference)but I think his disdain of the man is rooted in ignorance ...ouch.
Garvey and DuBois were miles apart. It would be very hard for anyone to produce papers or writings of Garvey that had any similarity to those of Du Bois. Garvey played on the emotions and desperations of blacks in that time period. His direction and purpose were flimsy at best. Some would call them selfserving. Dubois's writing on the other hand can still be used today, as a tool for the betterment of the black race. His many writings such as, Of Our Spiritual Striving, The Negro Problem and Our Being Ashamed of Oneself: An Essay on Race Pride, dwarfs anything Garvey attempted to say or write. Most of DuBois's writings still hold weight and merit. Some of the fondations that he was instumental in starting, still exist today. His writings on personal loyalties, women's rights, social science and civil rights are all true gems. He has hundreds of papers that could easily be a course study. Garvey's boats and military uniforms are still at the bottom of the ocean.
If you haven't read Du Bois's 1903 classic, The Souls of Black Folks, I would suggest you do. While you are at it, his Dusk of Dawn is also an insightful read.
Thump may not agree but sometimes I have to take the boy to school.
The podium awaits the big Thumper *lol*