I read this during the George Zimmerman trial for his shooting of Trayvon Martin.
What disappoints me while reading this book is how the central problems of that time still somewhat exist. Sure, the overall is much better. But this book is 110 years old. Du Bois was writing about the evolution of problems over the prior 100 years.
Do not get me wrong. These are not revelations to me. Just reminders of the suckiness that is America.
Over a year ago, I wrote a blog post about how my teenage and early twenty somethings were similar to Trayvon‘s. This book was a reminder that for a whole anthropological categorization of people (race is not founded in biology), we still have a long way to go.