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Black Souls on Fire: W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Philadelphia Negro and the Enduring Urban Color Line

Black Souls on Fire: W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Philadelphia Negro and the Enduring Urban Color Line Book Reviews 159 symbolically enfolding them into whiteness while the belief that only white people embody universal- denying white workers appropriate wages. In con- ity while blacks represent a rare sui generis group trast to white sociology’s emphasis on race out- with no redeeming universal qualities. Still, Du comes, Du Bois’s sociology centers empire and Bois in TSWF provides an exemplary model of class exploitation as the central sociological scholarship for subalterns wishing to focus laser- dynamics explaining racial formations and the per- like on dominant groups monopolizing life chances sistence of class exploitation across so-called races. for the great masses of people on earth. Du Bois Du Bois analyzed how the creation and absorp- tells us of the whites he studied in this neglected tion of whiteness affected whites at the micro– classic: social-psychological level. In short, white racism twisted the souls of whites in a downward spiral of HIGH in the tower, where I sit above the loud arrogance, which led them to embrace an empty complaining of the human sea, I know many white identity predicated on the false declaration souls that toss and whirl and pass, but none . . . that they were righteous, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Race and Ethnicity SAGE

Black Souls on Fire: W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Philadelphia Negro and the Enduring Urban Color Line

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity , Volume 4 (1): 2 – Jan 1, 2018

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© American Sociological Association 2017
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2332-6492
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Abstract

Book Reviews 159 symbolically enfolding them into whiteness while the belief that only white people embody universal- denying white workers appropriate wages. In con- ity while blacks represent a rare sui generis group trast to white sociology’s emphasis on race out- with no redeeming universal qualities. Still, Du comes, Du Bois’s sociology centers empire and Bois in TSWF provides an exemplary model of class exploitation as the central sociological scholarship for subalterns wishing to focus laser- dynamics explaining racial formations and the per- like on dominant groups monopolizing life chances sistence of class exploitation across so-called races. for the great masses of people on earth. Du Bois Du Bois analyzed how the creation and absorp- tells us of the whites he studied in this neglected tion of whiteness affected whites at the micro– classic: social-psychological level. In short, white racism twisted the souls of whites in a downward spiral of HIGH in the tower, where I sit above the loud arrogance, which led them to embrace an empty complaining of the human sea, I know many white identity predicated on the false declaration souls that toss and whirl and pass, but none . . . that they were righteous,

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Sociology of Race and EthnicitySAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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