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The Laboratory in Sociology at Atlanta (1903)

The Laboratory in Sociology at Atlanta (1903) 160 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4(1) Blackness and Black lifeworlds through the con- teeth into the Black youth who participated in the cept of “the Veil” (Du Bois, 2003a), where Black destruction and violence that took hours to quell. folk were masked by the ignorance of whiteness. In But what rules govern responses to persistently his first major book, The Philadelphia Negro: A unaddressed inequalities and poverty? Especially Social Study, Du Bois (1899) predicts and demon- when, as Du Bois (1899:388) asserts in the conclud- strates how Black people also transformed the ing chapter, “the Negro is here to stay.” mask of racial ignorance into a shield, an urban What we watched in Ferguson and Baltimore buffer zone. This transformation led to the ability were Black urban souls on fire: conflicted, justifi- of Black people to make and unmake places and ably angry, and resolved to see change happen spaces. In The Philadelphia Negro, this insight immediately. While we may not all agree on how to spills out from the pages in ways that prove instruc- go about this work, the uprisings of urban Black tive both then and now. youth do change the city and the public’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Race and Ethnicity SAGE

The Laboratory in Sociology at Atlanta (1903)

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

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SAGE
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© American Sociological Association 2017
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2332-6492
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10.1177/2332649217739307
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160 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4(1) Blackness and Black lifeworlds through the con- teeth into the Black youth who participated in the cept of “the Veil” (Du Bois, 2003a), where Black destruction and violence that took hours to quell. folk were masked by the ignorance of whiteness. In But what rules govern responses to persistently his first major book, The Philadelphia Negro: A unaddressed inequalities and poverty? Especially Social Study, Du Bois (1899) predicts and demon- when, as Du Bois (1899:388) asserts in the conclud- strates how Black people also transformed the ing chapter, “the Negro is here to stay.” mask of racial ignorance into a shield, an urban What we watched in Ferguson and Baltimore buffer zone. This transformation led to the ability were Black urban souls on fire: conflicted, justifi- of Black people to make and unmake places and ably angry, and resolved to see change happen spaces. In The Philadelphia Negro, this insight immediately. While we may not all agree on how to spills out from the pages in ways that prove instruc- go about this work, the uprisings of urban Black tive both then and now. youth do change the city and the public’s

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Published: Jan 1, 2018

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