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W. E. B. Du Bois on Imperialist Hypocrisy

W.E.B. Du Bois

In an essay titled “The Souls of White Folk,” written in 1920, W. E. B. Du Bois wrote:

Conceive this nation, of all human peoples, engaged in a crusade to make the “World Safe for Democracy”! Can you imagine the United States protesting against Turkish atrocities in Armenia, while the Turks are silent about mobs in Chicago and St. Louis; what is Louvain compared with Memphis, Waco, Washington, Dyersburg, and Estill Springs?  In short, what is the black man but America’s Belgium, and how could America condemn in Germany that which she commits, just as brutally, within her own borders? (Du Bois, 926)

Source

Du Bois, W. E. B.  Writings.  New York: The Library of America, 1986.


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