This chapter presents an essay by W. E. B. Du Bois that discusses the rise of Afro-American, the attitude of the American State toward its citizens of African descent, and the so-called “Negro Problem.” He acknowledges that Afro-Americans form a large part of the many social problems confronting the American nation. He also says that the biggest obstacle faced by Afro-Americans in gaining the respect of civilization is the unreasoning and unreasonable prejudice of the nation, which persists in rating the ignorant and vicious white man above the intelligent and striving colored man, under any and all circumstances.
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