Race Fact #20: DuBois On Personal Whiteness

Being or rather becoming a white person is not natural or self- evident. “The discovery of personal whiteness among the world’s people is a very modern thing.” ~ W. E. B. Du Bois

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A prayer for the deed that cries to be done

“Give us grace, O God, to dare to do the deed which we well know cries to be done.  Let us not hesitate because of ease or the words of men’s mouths or our own lives.  Mighty causes are calling us– the freeing of women, the training of children, the putting down of hate and […]

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Two

Yesterday, I discussed Du Bois’ concept of double- consciousness, this sense of two- ness that is created in the life of one who defines herself or himself as an American Negro, a Black American, an African American or any identity that is a combination of both country and color.  The identities do not support one another and can be mutually exclusive as one […]

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Double Consciousness as Double- Mindedness

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” ~ James 1.8, KJV “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels […]

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