Dubois & Race Conflict: Crash Course Sociology #7

We’re continuing our exploration of conflict theories with W.E.B. Dubois, who is one of the founders of sociological thought more broadly and the founder of race-conflict theory. We’ll discuss shifting ideas about race, Dubois’ idea of ‘double-consciousness’, and the modern day field of racial identity. We’ll explore the idea racial formation and discuss Dubois’ survey of African Americans in Philadelphia to look at how economic, political, and social structures affect how we perceive different races – and vice versa. We’ll also discuss the activist side of Dubois’ life as co-founder of the NAACP and editor of the Crisis, and how modern day sociologists study racial politics and racial resistance.

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  1. Argh. A tad too much bias and presuppositions for my blood. As expected, they trot out the claim that poverty leads to crime, when anyone can see that this isn't true (Amish are poorer than blacks and whites, yet commit almost no crime; blacks during the Reconstruction were poorer than whites, but didn't commit crime at any higher rate than whites. Compare that today. Poverty cannot be the causal ingredient as to why blacks commit far more crimes than whites and Hispanics in the USA today)

    I find it interesting that CrashCourse devotes a video to Dubois, and even mentions that Booker T Washington was his rival, holding opposing views. So… where's the video on BT Washington? Or do his conservative philosophies not merit examination and discussion from a left-leaning channel?

  2. I understand that race is not that significant to a persons character or abilities. But if race is a social construct why are people from Sweden mostly blonde haired and fair skinned, and Japanese mostly dark haired and fair skinned, and people from Africa dark skinned and dark haired. Isn't this what is meant by 'race'? And if not isn't it significant enough to be given a distinction? Clearly millennia of relative isolation aided in developing different gene pools.

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