After I read the assignment for the class, I think the central argument of the author was anchored on the discrimination of people because of their color and race. Du Bois is definite that many African Americans, over the years, have been discriminated in their own country based on differences in color (Du Bois 20). He states that discrimination limits individuals from having any progress in their lives. Du Bois argues that years immediately after the Civil war, there was a national neglect to people of particular race. The courts were biased upon the African Americans and tended to favor the black litigants. He states that the Freedmen’s Bureau, which had a role in Reconstruction, failed to protect and defend the black communities. Its only major achievement was to open up the African American schools. Notably, some of the enacted policies contributed to the African Americans losing their right to vote, loss of civils status, and also aid for higher education institutions. During this period, the right to vote, civil equality, and youth education were considered vital essentials for African American progress.
After I read the assignment for the class, the most interesting idea for me was rise of African Materialism in the city of Atlanta. Many people are focused on gaining wealth and forgetting about other life essentials, a factor that threatened to replace other considerations, which were critical to the progress of people (Du Bois 22). Arguably, in education, there is a need for African Americans to be taught about other societal issues, as this contributes towards them being informed on how they could earn some money. Additionally, there ought to be balance between human cultural and living standards, the levels of lower training as well as the ideas of life. Colleges and other learning institutions need to train the “Talented Tenth,” who, can have major contribution in improving the lower education and act as consultants toward improving cohesion and great societal relations in the country.
After I read the assignment for the class, the most important contemporary application for me was the Charleston mass shooting in South Carolina, which took place in 2015. Such an incidence shows that as much as there have been substantial gains in advancing equality and cohesion amongst all in the country, more still needs to be done. This is to ensure that there is less hatred and lesser cases of racial profiling and discrimination (Du Bois 18). The Charleston mass shooting was committed by a 21-year-old white supremacist, in which nine African Americans were killed at the Emmanuel Africa Methodist church. This church is one of the oldest churches in the country and was being used as a center for organizing events related to civil rights. The shooting was a reflection of incidences of intolerance by some individuals towards people of different races, more so the supremacists. The country still has some people who think that one race ought to be superior to others, hence, causing the hatred and brutality witnessed at the church. Importantly, there is a need for more efforts to campaign for interrelation amongst all individuals, with no one having the feeling of superiority. Other grave issues that ought to be addressed for the progress of African Americans include matters of public employment, poverty, and lack of education.