In light of the words of Nevada Sen. Harry Reid about President Obama and his skin tone and dialect, and the kerfuffle surrounding it, these words are appropriate…
[The American Negro] wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He would not Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He would not bleach his Negro soul in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world. He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face.
W.E.B. Du Bois
“He Would Not Bleach His Negro Soul”: W.E.B. Du Bois | Kris Broughton | Big Think.