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To Be A Real Nigger - The Eloquent Memoirs and Summarisations of W.E.B. Du Bois

To Be A Real Nigger – The Eloquent Memoirs and Summarisations of W.E.B. Du Bois Regarding the Ends of Slavery and the Development of the Nigger

  • Title Page
  • Introduction – Who Is W.E.B Du Bois?
  • Chapter 1 – Let me talk

To Be a Real Nigger

The eloquent memoirs and summarisations of W.E.B. DuBois regarding the ends of slavery and the development of the Nigger

Written by Mr Shuffler

To Be a Real Nigger

The eloquent memoirs and summarisations of W.E.B. Du Bois regarding the ends of slavery and the development of the Nigger

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Written by Mr Shuffler

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1st Edition 2015

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Full Name – William Edward Burghardt Du Bois.

Life – Born 23^^rd^^ February 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA, five years after the American slave Emancipation Proclaimation. Died 27^^th^^ August 1963, the day before Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech was delivered in The March on Washington.

Best Known Achievements of W.E.B Du Bois

With encouragement from his high school principal, Frank Hosmer, after the death of his mother, earned bachelor’s degree from Fisk University, the first Nigger institution.

First Nigger to earn a doctorate from Harvard University (1895). Was required to undertake second bachelor’s degree at Harvard as his Fisk degree was not accepted. Doctoral thesis entitled; The suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870, was published in 1896 as the inaugural volume of the Harvard Historical Studies series.

First Nigger to be selected for an overseas study program, undertaken at the University of Berlin. Influenced by prominent German social scientists. Wrote Berlin thesis on economic theory on the history of southern U.S. agriculture.

Personally conducted an estimated 835 hour door-to-door study of the Seventh Ward district of Philadelphia on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania. Authored seventeen titles during lifetime including; The Philadelphia Negro – A Social Study (1899), Dusk and Dawn – An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept (1940) and The World and Africa – An Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in World History, and magazines including; Moon (1905-1906), Horizon (1907-1910) and Phylon (1940-1944).

Best known Nigger spokesperson on civil rights (alongside Marcus Garvey and Booker T Washington) during the first half of the twentieth century.

Co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) (1909) and Editor of its monthly discussion magazine, Crisis.

Taught subjects from classics to languages at many U.S. universities. Gained Chair of the sociology department at Atlanta University.

Influenced by the writings of Karl Marx and travel to Liberia, Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and China, attended and helped organise several international (London, Manchester, Paris, Brussels & Lisbon) Pan-African congresses to free enslaved African colonies from European dominion.

Honorary doctoral degree from Humboldt University (1958).

Joined the American Communist Party in 1961 before immigrating to Ghana at the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah. Died working on an Encyclopaedia of the African Diaspora, in Accra, Ghana.

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Chapter 1 – Let me talk

Me – So, today I start my interview with the renowned sociologist, W.E.B. Du Bois. Mr Du Bois…

W.E.B. Du Bois“Du-Boy-Is!”

MeDu BOIS!… Thank you for making your self available for this interview… Now that I’ve learned a little about your legend and your legacy, I’m honoured to get this opportun…

W.E.B. Du BoisBe quiet! If you would show a little patience, you would recognise that I have given you many gifts beyond my self. The most profound and engaging are my explanations and definitions of the greatest social issue of modern times; the aftermath of the slavery of Africans in America… I’m not sure about you, you know… I died in 1963 at 95 years of age. That was 52 years ago. Neither my eyes nor ears provide answers… Are you a Nigger?

Me – I… I… Maybe you think I should wait for your definitions before I answer that… But I have brown skin and I am descended from trans-Atlantic slaves, if that is what you mean.

W.E.B. Du Bois – You might be a bit smarter than I expected… Maybe not… And maybe in time I will allow you to contribute to this interview. But we will see… Until then however, absorb this epic record… I shall now with my most obvious Shakespearian talent for capturing artistry within word, create that passionate grain of truth that feeds and nourishes its subject… As you new Niggers say, “You gon’ learn today!”.

Me – Thank you, I guess…

W.E.B. Du Bois – No! You should thank God!… You really are close to a lost cause!… Do you have anything to contribute of value?… Maybe you should stay quiet for a while. Leave a master to his work…

…Allow me to sketch in a vague and uncertain outline the spiritual world in which Americans live. Let me apply the detail through the struggles of massed millions of landless brown and white-skinned peasants in a land dictated by white-skinned masters… In oh so many chapters, fly me liberty to reveal the veil of racism, raise the veil of racism and provide the power to the arm that will discard the veil of racism once and for all… My palette carries many hues; spirituality, religion, human sorrow, haunting melody…

MeAhem! Mr Du Bois. If you would be so kind… There aren’t many authors with works surviving from your time and your background. Why did you start writing?

W.E.B. Du Bois – Ah! At least now you’re conducting a proper interview… In 1868, I was born into the first generation of free American “Negroes”. Our fathers were no longer American property, but “Freedmen”…

…Five years after the American Civil War had been decided, and President Lincoln had signed the emancipation proclamation, my family and I were born into a truly new future… Tender, and unaware I was; Unaware in the main that I had been born a problem…

…In my home town there was always an un-asked question when I occasioned the company of white-skinned people. Some refrained to ask due to a basic lack of courage, others couldn’t find the right way to frame it. They would eye me curiously, or compassionately, but approach me in a half-hesitant way. Then, instead of asking directly, “How does it feel to be a problem?”, they would say something like, “You know, I know an excellent coloured-man from [whatever town]”, or, “I fought at the Battle of Mechanicsville [against the south]”, or, “Don’t the continuing Southern outrages make your blood boil?”… It was in the days of boyish recklessness that the revelation first burst upon me…

…I was a little thing hidden away in the picturesque hills of New England… In our wee wooden schoolhouse, something put it into our heads to buy gorgeous visiting cards – ten cents a piece – and exchange them between boys and girls. The exchange was merry until one girl, a tall newcomer, refused my card; a brisk refusal, with barely a glance. It then dawned on me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others. I was shut out by a vast veil of darkness. At the same time, I was so alike them in life and longings… After that, I had no desire to tear that veil of darkness down. I just held all white-skinned people in contempt. The sky seemed the bluest when I could beat them in examinations, or a foot race, or even beat their straight-haired heads. However, this pure contempt began to fade, because the praise and opportunities I longed for were theirs, not mine… So I schemed to wrestle those prizes from them. I could never decide how though; Read law? Heal the sick? Tell the wonderful tales swimming in my head?

Me – And so you decided to start writing?

W.E.B. Du Bois – You really are a most insufferable interruption!… Are you even listening? At least your taking notesAnyways

…Some of the other dark-skinned boys received a much more vehement introduction to this “racism” and turned to silent hatred of the pale world about them and mocking distrust of everything white-skinned… We all had the same cry, “Why did God make me an outcast and stranger in my own house?”, and the shadow of the prison house closed around us all. Those walls were straight and stubborn for the white-skinned, but were relentlessly tall and inescapable to the dark-skinned…

…After the African, the Indian, the Greek, the Celt, the Roman, and the Mongolian, the Nigger is a sort of seventh son of mankind, born into a world that offers no true source of self-consciousness, only judgement… The Nigger always feels duality; national identity on one hand, and the descended history of transatlantic slavery on the other; two warring ideals in one body. It is a truly peculiar sensation, to look at one’s self only through the eyes of others and measure one’s soul only by the standards of a world that looks on in either amused contempt or pity… The history of the development of the Nigger is the future of mankind’s self-conscious adulthood…

…The Nigger would not seek to Africanise America, as it has much to teach. Nor would he bleach Africa from his soul as he knows his African blood holds a message for the world… The end of mankind’s striving is for Niggers to become co-workers in the kingdom of mankind and use their latent genius and powers with liberty…

…Through history, the socially influencing actions of Niggers flash here and there like falling stars, but otfen they die before the world can rightly gauge their brightness, either because of unarguable simple prioritisation of basic ploughing and digging for a poverty stricken Nigger horde, or because they are tempted elsewhere through criticism that makes them ashamed of their apparently pointless tasks… The would be dark-skinned savant is always confronted by the paradox that the knowledge Niggers need is known twice over by his white-skinned neighbours, and those neighbours are already on to new learnings beyond any Nigger’s current comprehension…

Me – And so you started writing?

W.E.B. Du Bois – …If I say yes now, will you just allow me to continue my answer?… Jeez!… Where was I? Oh yes. Motivation…

Me – Just quickly… Can you just say a word on why you keep using the term Nigger?

W.E.B. Du BoisYou really aren’t listening, are you?Right. Nigger. Noun. Spelling. N.I.G.G.E.R. Use in conversation. Descendant of slavery with no identifiable preceding culture to name or call upon. I am a nigger. You are a Nigger. There are dark-skinned Niggers and white-skinned Niggers… Got it? Good?… Now, back to the tale of my motivations…

MeMr Du Bois… Just ever so quickly… Sorry to interrupt again, but could you just expand a bit more on…

W.E.B. Du Bois – No! Wait! Trust me, Kid… I’ve got you. Just listen for a while…

…Back in the days of bondage, African slaves hoped for a singular divine event that would bring the end of all doubts and disappointments. For two hundred years, the American “Negro” set a new standard of worship of the principle of freedom. To the Negro, so far as he thought and dreamed, slavery was the root of all evil, the cause of all sorrow, and the root of all prejudice; Emancipation from slavery was the key to a promised land of sweet beauty, Through song and exclamation the Negro expressed one topic; liberty. And after two centuries, suddenly and fearfully it came like a dream. In one wild carnival of blood and passion came the message. “The War is over. You are free, Nigger.”…

…The first decade from bondage, during which I was presented with my own life, was merely a prolongation of the search for freedom. From “slaves” to “Freedmen”; “Negroes” to “Niggers”… The holocaust of the Civil War, the terror of the Ku Klux Klan, and the contradictory advice of friends and foes left America’s bewildered new citizens with no new goal beyond the old goal of freedom. The ideal of freedom however, had now been gained at the ballot box, and Niggers looked to the ballot box once again as the means to gain the perfect liberty which freedom had partially made possible. Votes had made war and emancipated a nation. Was anything impossible to a power that had done all that?…

…After another decade flew away, inspired, but weary, the half-free, landless serfs began to replace their dream of political power with another ideal to guide the unguided; the ideal of book learning. Curiosity, born out of compulsory ignorance, created desire to master the powerful sciences “of the white man”. Although longer than the highways of Emancipation and legal status, the steep and rugged path of education seemed to be the perfect route up a mountain high enough to overlook life…

…The first students toiled in a way only truly understood by those who witnessed their truly dull understandings. How piteously those dark-skinned people strove to learn. It was weary work, and the statistician noted the inches of progress or where a foot had slipped or someone had fallen. The distant goal offered no resting place and little but criticism or flattery, but at least the journey gave time and capacity for reflection and self-examination. Entry into the world of study changed the child of emancipation into a youth of dawning self-consciousness, self-realisation and self-respect. For the first time he sought to analyse the burden on his back; the dead-weight of social degradation masked behind the status named “Nigger”…

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  • ISBN: 9781311606945
  • Author: Mr Shuffler
  • Published: 2015-10-10 21:30:06
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