How the Black Press and Equality “...forget [their] special grievances and close ranks” was the advice that W.E.B. Du Bois gave to African Americans during World War I and printed in the Crisis, a monthly newsletter for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [NAACP] (Ellis 96). These words became controversial because both whites and African Americans questioned why du Bois would encourage African Americans to forget about obtaining equal rights. African Americans and whites were affected by the black press with even President Hoover believing the black press would encourage riots, Du Bois believed that African Americans should work toward equality even though his words printed in the Crisis was questioned because...The end:
.....y. While Du Bois may have encouraged African Americans to put aside their grievances for the wrong purpose, he believed that whites and African Americans could become equal. What Du Bois experienced was a future look into what would become a nation that accepts African American into politics as seen by the presidential race of President Obama. Works Cited Ellis, Mark. “Closing Ranks’ and “Seeking Honors’: W. E. B. Du Bois in World War I.” The Journal of American History 79.1 (1992): 96-124. Ellis, Mark. “J. Edgar Hoover and the ‘Red Summer’ of 1919.” Journal of American Studies 28.1 (1994): 39-59. Guterl, Matthew Pratt. “The New Race Consciousness: Race, Nation, and Empire in American Culture.” Journal of World History 10.2 (1999): 307-352.