Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor?not that men are wicked?but that men know so little of men.
1903 The Souls of Black Folk, ch.12.
The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the colour line.W(illiam) E(dward) B(urghardt) Du Bois
To bea poor manishard, buttobe a poorraceina land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.W(illiam) E(dward) B(urghardt) Du Bois
If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not often let their presence be known.W(illiam) E(dward) B(urghardt) Du Bois
Today I see more clearly than yesterday that back of the problem of race and color, lies a greater problem which both obscures and implements it: and that isthefact that so many civilized persons are willing to live in comfort even if the price of this is poverty, ignorance and disease of the majority of their fellowmen; that to maintain this privilege men have waged war until today war tends to become universal and continuous, and the excuse for this war continues largely to be color and race.W(illiam) E(dward) B(urghardt) Du Bois