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The Negro has become a Neighbor WEB DuBoiss Souls of Black folk harbors the authors beliefs and ideas drawn from Reconstruction and the social contempt that faced the black race His opinions of reconstruction and the steps needed to advance the black race into harvest wonderful a world without a color-line are discussed in the reading below iii DuBoiss views on the Freedmens Bureau show he welcomed the advancements and goals that were attained by the Bureau but also greatly frowned on the mishandling of power and money within the organization He applauded the effort and progress that the bureau obtained He noted that while it wasnt perfect the organization was a vast labor bureauon the whole successful beyond the dreams of thoughtful men18 According to DuBois The greatest success of the Freedmens Bureau lay in the planting of the free school among Negroes and the idea of free elementary education among all classes in the South20 That feat was the silver lining in the dark cloud of the bureaus judicial functions which DuBois calls the most perplexing and least successful 21 DuBois gives the bureau a final compliment which sums up his perception of the organization and the deeds performed While it was easy to put blame on the bureau for most of the problems concerning the advancement of the black race DuBois says that to do so would be neither sensible or just and the work accomplished was not undeserving commendation 21 He does go on to add that the Negro is not free and is still weighed down by the social problem of prejudice wrongs that the Bureau could not fix because it was unable to24 DuBois placed the advancement of the black race in American society into steps These steps differed from those of Booker T Washington who claimed that the way to survive is through submission Meekness was achieved chiefly by giving up political power the fight for civil
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