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.

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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.

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10 thoughts on “That Stings!

  1. It’s strange that from a distance we used to be able to see the division between the Americas of black and of white.Nowadays I see less of that and more of the division between the two Americas of Have and don’t have. This division seems to be ever widening with the rich getting richer and becoming more powerful as they were in the 1800’s. Money always dictates who shall rule in America. There will never be a poor President who can understand the needs of the have nots and bring in legislation to help them until money is taken out of the equation where the election process is concerned. It’s time the funds for running the election race came via the Government at a set amount for all,, to level the playing field and take away donations by interested parties like the gun lobby etc.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    1. This is partially true that America is the land of the Have and Have Nots but race still is in the equation when we must have movements like Black Lives Matter. This is a country where 9 people were murdered at a Bible study in church just because they were Black. I still experience at my job where I must deal with the Haves who are mostly white who see me a Black Woman in a uniform not as a professional doing my job but as a second class or lower class who can be insulted and sexually propositioned because that is still how Black Women are seen. Certain positions will never be mine because I’m a middle-aged Black woman as opposed to a young white woman with long flowing hair. I challenge any white person to live in my skin for a month, No a week and I bet they’d go crazy and kill themselves once they realize the indignities I go through on a daily basis.

      1. It must be hard. I’m sorry. The killings in the Church were awful and I think equality should be taught in schools from a very young age.to try and stop these things happening. I have strong views about possession of guns though which never sits well with Americans.
        Hugs xxxxxxxx

      2. No offense taken. I’m always glad to hear your take on various subjects. You always have well thought out responses. I don’t think my views on guns and assault rifles would sit well with my fellow Americans either. I don’t think that the Founding Fathers meant the 2nd Amendment to be an excuse to stalk and hunt fellow American citizens. This country is turning into the Wild Wild West. One is not safe at work, church or school (the little children killed a couple of Christmas ago at Sandy Hook, Ct). Just walking down the street, getting on the bus or subway is dangerous. Crazy! However here is some good news of Love overcoming hatred: http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2015/07/muslim_group_launches_campaign_to_raise_money_to_help_rebuild_black_churches.html

  2. The book I just poste on -abou the Island of Réunion and the social interactions, ok, and also about revenge. I suspense novel I thought would be a quick and silly read, but discovered to be disturbingly on-point about how racism and color is perceived by different…groups of people.
    Shira
    24.8.12015 HE

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