In Of Our Religious Strivings. the two chief messages that WEB DuBois has to portion are of the dangers of double-consciousness and the thought that a Veil exists between White America and African America. He foremost realized this when he was at school and they were go throughing about sing cards and one miss refused to give him a card. merely because of his tegument colour. He realized at that minute that there was a huge head covering between white and black America. However I found it interesting that he had no desire to try to take that head covering.
Alternatively his desire was for African Americans to remain near to their roots. but at the same clip without absorbing into white civilization. He besides expresses this when he says “After the Egyptian and Indian. the Grecian and Roman. the Teuton and Mongolian. the Negro is a kind of 7th boy. born with a head covering. and gifted with second-sight in this American universe. -a universe which yields him no true uneasiness. but merely lets him see himself through the disclosure of the other universe. ” The African American is separate from White America. but yet is still American.
DuBois desired that African Americans should non seek to compromise with white United States. but be proud of their heritage and yet still be recognized as Americans and non second-class citizens. This quotation mark besides leads into his 2nd thought which is the thought that there should be a self-consciousness from African Americans. “It is a curious esthesis. this double-consciousness. this sense of ever looking at one’s ego through the eyes of others. of mensurating one’s psyche by the tape of a universe that looks on in diverted disdain and commiseration.
This continues on his thought that African-Americans should endeavor to be themselves and non something else. and non mensurate themselves by those that do non value them. In this following quotation mark DuBois states that manhood is attained threw one province of head. or uneasiness. which is the screening of oneself through their ain lens and non thru the lens of others. “The history of the American Negro is the history of this discord. -this yearning to achieve self-aware manhood. to unify his dual ego into a better and truer ego. In this meeting he wishes neither of the older egos to be lost.
He would non Africanize America. for America has excessively much to learn the universe and Africa. He would non decolor his Negro psyche in a inundation of white Americanism. for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the universe. He merely wishes to do it possible for a adult male to be both a Negro and an American. without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows… ” Double-consciousness should be discarded in favour of uneasiness. because uneasiness in the eyes of DuBois offered African Americans the opportunity to turn out themselves to the universe and demo the universe their abilities.
America should non be set in the position as Africans would hold it. but instead that America should be a land of incorporation. instead than assimilation. DuBois sought a land comprised of assorted civilizations all equal to each other but no civilization endeavoring to be like another. because that would make a civilization that would be dominant. He believed that every civilization. African civilization particularly. had something to offer to America.