What if Du Bois’ Talented Tenth Replaced Isolation With Hope?

A contemporary view of W.E.B. Du Bois’ double consciousness is revisited with a perspective from writer Ralph Ellison.

W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison
W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison Wikimedia Commons   

A paraphrase of a quote from Ellison’s The World and the Jug fits: You are no mere product of your sociopolitical predicament, Mr. Johnson. You are the product of the interaction between your racial predicament, your individual will, and the broader American cultural freedom in which you find your ambiguous existence.

Greg Thomas is a jazz writer and frequent contributor to The Root.