That Stings!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “That Stings!.”

Franz Kafka said, “we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.” What’s the last thing you read that bit and stung you?

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois
The Souls of Black Folk
W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois said, on the launch of his groundbreaking 1903 treatise The Souls of Black Folk,“for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”—a prescient statement. Setting out to show to the reader “the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the Twentieth Century,” Du Bois explains the meaning of the emancipation, and its effect, and his views on the role of the leaders of his race.

Since this paragraph was written in 1903 the problem of the 21st Century is still the problem of the color-line. As I read the book I can see that not a lot has changed in America for Black people.  Yes we have the Civil Rights laws and Voting Rights Act but racism, bigotry and prejudice still exist. Having a Black President has not changed the attitudes in this country if anything it has only brought out more of the ugliness that still remains and ensures two separate and unequal Americas.  Very Enlightening.