In his book The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois writes of the "twoness" of Black identity:
"One ever feels his twoness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder."
Does the "twoness" concept resonate with you? Are you a member of a nation but also something else? In the United States, why would this concept apply uniquely and most categorically to Black-Americans? Feel free to discuss any of these questions.
Link to the book: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/408/408-h/408-h.htm
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