Rather than attempting to hold two conflicting identities at once, Du Bois hopes that one day, the African American and American labels can coexist peacefully: “He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face” (Du Bois 179). They question their quiet existence. Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil is a literary work by W.E.B. What they faced was a completely normal human condition called Historical Group Recognition (HGR). Du Bois is widely recognized for his contributions to the soci ology of race, his contributions to the foundations of sociology are largely ignored. Du Bois, the author explores the struggle for freedom and the path to prejudice that African Americans have taken in the United States up until 1903. Sign up to receive the latest and greatest articles from our site automatically each week (give or take)...right to your inbox. To order a copy go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846. Du Bois’ Veil When reading Du Bois’ work, one must think back to the time at which he wrote it to be aware of proper context and to have better insight. It became a designation of devaluation, degradation and domination. I appreciate hearing the views of other people and taking pieces of them to shape my own views. This can cause women to have poor self-esteem as they try fruitlessly to keep up with society’s standards. Du Bois was in school when in a card exchanging class project, a new girl student of his class refused to give him one, because of the color of his skin. • The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois is published by Yale University Press (£7.99). Du Bois: Reform, Will, and the Veil Lynn England, Utah Valley University W. Keith Warner, Brigham Young University While W. E. B. The first plate of W. E. B. His existence in a country of whites was a problem, and so was that of the realm of African-Americans living in America. He realized there was a problem, and it dawned upon him at that very moment, that the problem was nothing else other than himself. On this vein, I do agree with you that some minorities have minority-exclusive groups, which I believe is almost as detrimental as majority-exclusive groups. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.