WEB Du Bois On Being The Problem

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1A682C68-CF5E-4F58-9E6F-40506C88EE26William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963)

It dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others—shut out from their world by a vast veil. For the world I longed for, and all its dazzling opportunities, were theirs, not mine. Why did God make me an outcast and a stranger in mine own house?… Between me and the other world, there is ever an unasked question: How does it feel to be a problem?