Darkwater PDF: Voices From Within The Veil

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I believe in God, who made of one blood all nations that on earth do dwell.

I believe that all men, black and brown and white, are brothers, varying through time and opportunity, in form and gift and feature.

But differing in no essential particular, and alike in soul and the possibility of infinite development.

Especially do I believe in the Negro Race: in the beauty of its genius, the sweetness of its soul, and its strength in that meekness which shall yet inherit this turbulent earth.

I believe in Pride of race and lineage and self: in pride of self so deep as to scorn injustice to other-selves; in pride of lineage so great as to despise no man’s father.

In pride of race so chivalrous as neither to offer bastardy to the weak nor beg wedlock of the strong, knowing that men may be brothers in Christ, even though they be not brothers-in-law.

I believe in Service—humble, reverent service, from the blackening of boots to the whitening of souls; for Work is Heaven, Idleness Hell, and Wage is the “Well done!” of the Master.

Who summoned all them that labor and are heavy laden, making no distinction between the black.

Sweating cotton hands of Georgia and the first families of Virginia, since all distinction not based on the deed is devilish and not divine.

I believe in the Devil and his angels, who wantonly work to narrow the opportunity of struggling human beings, especially if they be black.

Who spit in the faces of the fallen, strike them that cannot strike again, believe the worst, and work to prove it, hating the image which their Maker stamped on a brother’s soul.

I believe in the Prince of Peace. I believe that War is Murder.

I believe that armies and navies are at the bottom the tinsel and braggadocio of oppression and wrong.

And I believe that the wicked conquest of weaker and darker nations by nations whiter and stronger but foreshadows the death of that strength.

But what of the darker world that watches ? Most men belong to this world. With Negro and Negroid, East Indian, Chinese, and Japanese they form twothirds of the population of the world.

A belief in humanity is a belief in colored men. If the uplift of mankind must be done by men, then the destinies of this world will rest ultimately in the hands of darker nations.

What, then, is this dark world thinking? It is thinking that as wild and awful as this shameful war was, it is nothing to compare with that fight for free dom which black and brown and yellow men must and will make unless their oppression and humilia tion and insult at the hands of the White World cease.

The Dark World is going to submit to its present treatment just as long as it must and not one moment longer.

Let me say this again and emphasize it and leave no room for mistaken meaning: The World War was primarily the jealous and avaricious struggle for the largest share in exploiting darker races.

As such it is and must be but the prelude to the armed and indignant protest of these despised and raped peoples. Today Japan is hammering on the door of justice, China is raising her half -manacled hands to knock next, India is writhing for the freedom to knock, Egypt is sullenly muttering, the Negroes of South and West Africa, of the West Indies, and of the United States are just awakening to their shameful slavery.

We see Europe’s greatest sin precisely where we found Africa’s and Asia’s, in human hatred, the despising of men; with this difference, however:

Eu rope has the awful lesson of the past before her, has the splendid results of widened areas of tolerance, sympathy, and love among men, and she faces a greater, an infinitely greater, world of men than any preceding civilization ever faced.

It is curious to see America, the United States, looking on herself, first, as a sort of natural peace maker, then as a moral protagonist in this terrible time.

No nation is less fitted for this role. For two or more centuries America has marched proudly in the van of human hatred, making bonfires of human flesh and laughing at them hideously, and making the insulting of millions more than a matter of dislike, rather a great religion, a world war-cry: Up white, down black; to your tents, O white folk, and world war with black and parti-colored mongrel beasts !

AuthorW.E.B. Du Bois
Language English
No. of Pages296
PDF Size13.6 MB

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