Sunday, October 19, 2008

WEB Du Bois was a great African-American civil rights leader, circa 1868-1963. In his life, he experimented with multiple solutions to the racial question in the United States- integration, separatism, expatriation, Pan-Africanism, international communism...all became vehicles for black emancipation. His most famous book was "The Soul of Black Folk"(1904)

DuBois viewed Japanese Imperialism as a non-white bulwark against Western racism; he supported the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. While lecturing in China, he urged the Chinese to accept Japanese rule, criticizing Chinese cooperation with white governments... Dubois traveled to Nazi Germany, expressing admiration for their economic policies, while saying that he was treated better by German academics than he was by their American counterparts.

DuBois once said "I believe that there are human stocks with whom it is physically unwise to intermarry."

DuBois also advocated birth control..and said "the intelligent class" practiced it while the lesser elements rarely did...

"The increase among negroes, even more than the increase among whites, is from the part of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear children properly.."

Eugenics was very popular when he made these statements, and within the context that he operated in, it is clear that he was elitist, and not racist. He championed the "talented tenth..." gradations exist within all groups.

WEB DuBois was a complex man who harbored subtle, nuanced views.


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