that Du Bois was at times very supportive of black activism yet he also preferred minimalgestures to make blacks part of a whole as a community. I think this is why he was regarded as a contradicting figure during his time. Nonetheless though, it is apparent that he wanted to advance African Americans both economically and socially. He not only founded the NAACP, which helped promote civil rights and played a part in ending segregation, but also developed the small group of college-educated blacks, “The Talented Tenth.” This term was associated with the idea that only the best of the best
African Americans will help save the black community. They will be the ones to guide people to do their best and mass away from the contamination of negativity. It was also very interesting to read that Du Bois published his writings because hefelt that in order to understand the history of African Americans, we need to trace the artifacts that were published by people who have struggled the most and who have lived through the extreme conditions of African American poverty. By poverty I think they are referring to the poor mentality that others had towards African Americans. I found this reading to be very difficult to analyze. It was definitely something I wanted to read though so I could challenge myself and gain a better understanding of the article overall.
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