Grand Canyon University
October 30, 2010
The phrase color line was originally used as a reference to the racial segregation that existed in the United States after the abolishment of slavery. The phrase gained fame after W. E. B. Du Bois’ repeated use of it in his book The Souls of Black Folk.
What was the color line? It was the line that reserved the best jobs in the economy for one group of people, while denying them to another through both the law and private institutions such as businesses and, to its discredit, many unions who refused membership and jobs to those on the wrong side of the color line. And it is the same color line that would refuse jobs to those on ...view middle of the document...
However, in Du Bois’ initial writing, he extended the problem across much of the world to “Asia” “Africa” and “the islands of the sea”. Du Bois’ thought in “Of the Dawn of Freedom” implied a universal exclusivity, of “color” as the greatest problem of the 20th century. The general use of the term the “color-line” however, is usually in reference to the United States, a possibility Du Bois did not acknowledge in his initial essays. Yet during most of the nineteenth and tenth century, the question of race which the world has long viewed has as particularly intractable and painful in the United States, has seemed a minor issue in the New World.
The racism in the US has been most conspicuous because it was translated into law and segregation and rested upon an genetic definition of Negro. The word negro is still being used today in many countries in the US. This word caused many problems back in the slavery days, when blacks were made to do things that they didn’t want to do or else you were killed by the hanging of the neck and so forth.
In today world they kill you regardless of color, race, and religion. The world is not the same as it was 20...