Thursday, March 4, 2010

W.E.B. Du Bois Contrasting the Rights of Men According to the U.S. Constitution

"The black men of America have a duty to preform, duty stern and delicate, a forward movement to oppose a part of the work of their greatest leader. So far as Mr. Washington preaches Thrift, Patience, and Industrial Training for the masses, we must hold up his has and strive with him, rejoicing in his honors and glorying i the strength of this Joshua called of God and of man to lead the headless host."

"By every civilized ans peaceful meathod we must strive for the rights which the word accords to men, clinging unwaveringly to those great words which the sons of the Fathers would fain forget: "We hold these truths to be self evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator wit certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness."

Du Bois, W.E.B. (1903) The Souls of Black Folk, Dover Thrift Edition, page 3

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