W.E.B. DuBois and Racial Uplift

W.E.B. DuBois and Racial Uplift - FYS 101 Dr. Simone Drake...

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FYS 101 Dr. Simone Drake 02-07-08 Charge for Change Rivers Cuomo, lead singer and mastermind of the band “Weezer,” is accredited as the man who made it ‘cool’ to be a nerd. With his quirky lyrics, catchy punk themes, and horn-rimmed glasses, Cuomo reveals to his listeners his innermost feelings—proving that dorks have just as much to say as anybody else. Similar to W.E.B. Du Bois’ plight for the equality of the black race, Rivers acknowledged who he truly was, found the source of his stereotypical image, and used it to benefit his cause. Though not bound by slavery during the time of Du Bois, the black race was certainly bound by constant persecution and repression––as made clear by the Supreme Court decision to justify treating blacks as socially inferior in the Plessey v. Ferguson case. Du Bois fought for immediate racial uplift––utilizing both his rhetoric of double consciousness, American nationalism, and hyperbolic descriptions of the suffering of black Americans to further his cause, and to
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W.E.B. DuBois and Racial Uplift - FYS 101 Dr. Simone Drake...

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