Post Number: 807
|Posted on Sunday, March 01, 2009 - 12:31 pm: |
Steve S: I had to reread the Chapter 1 in The Souls of Black Folks because it had been so long since I read it. I did not agree with Du Bois's position. His "double consciousness" theory I disagree with. It's not so much that we, African-Americans, can not reconcile our "black" side and our American side. We are not composed of two halves of two different pies: one half apple, the other half peach. We are Americans, period. Second, the tone Du Bois uses irks the hell out of me. He is trying to appeal to the intelligent side of white folks to plead his case. But Du Bois could not apply the basis of his argument that black folks are just as good as you despite the hair and the skin color and lack of social graces; he employed that same racism against his own people due to skin hue and personal presentation. Now the artist you mentioned in your posts, Leontyne Price, Roland Hayes and others Du Bois would have held them up as examples of what the black race can accomplish. I'm sure his fancy was tickled. But, if you had mentioned Bessie Smith or Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong or others, Du Bois would have looked down on them as "common". Remember, it was the NAACP that raked Hattie McDaniel over the coals for being the first AA to win an Oscar because she won it playing a slave/maid. Black folks doing all that "a-singing and a-dancing" and not striving for culture. But, Du Bois attitude still lingers on. I think that line that I absolutely detest sums up most of Du Bois philosophy; "why then THEY will think that WE are like that".
Nom de plume: I have A Book of Night Women. I'm going to start it in a few days. I have waited YEARS for Marlon James to publish a new novel. I so loved his first novel, John Crow's Devil. I'm glad folks are beginning to sit up and take notice of him.