The Color Line in the 21st Century
W. E. B. DuBois, the great African American scholar and activist in his classic 1903 work The Souls of Black Folk wrote, “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” Now with a new century where has the line moved. Racism today is far more complex than it was in DuBois’ time. Then segregation, Jim Crow laws and lynchings made things graphically clear. Today, racism with a modern lexicon takes different shapes and forms.
Ron Daniels is a long time organizer and political activist. He worked on the 1984 and 1988 Jesse Jackson Rainbow Coalition Presidential Campaigns. In 1992, he was an independent candidate for President on the Campaign for a New Tomorrow Ticket. He is Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York.