EP.207 | W.E.B. Du Bois: Christa, NO funk!
Just like their song says, Christa & Sage once again acknowledge they are experts in nothing. Is Christa boy crazy and why did Sage go silent? They talk about W.E.B. Du Bois as well as Sage's wine clairvoyance and Christa's love of rosé (for breakfast?). They make predictions for the day this episode drops, so make sure you listen and give them an online high-five if they get anything right!
After their predictions for the day this episode drops, the ladies buckle down to business -- and that definitely doesn't involve bringing the funk. Their subject today was a man of many titles and accomplishments whose ideas inspire their discussion through the Shopping Cart Theory and being contributors to society to a rare moment of silence.
“Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.”
― W.E.B. Du Bois
Among other things, W.E.B. Du Bois was a Civil Rights activist, historian, socialist, and prolific writer. (Oh, you want to know what else? His official bio at the NAACP has him as an American civil rights activist, leader, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar, as well as a founder of the aforementioned NAACP.) HERE is a list of his writings, some of which we talk about in this episode.
This episode was recorded on the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. W.E.B. Du Bois passed away the day before on August 27th, 1963.
Christa has decided she wants to overhaul the education system in the United States. So have other people: in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that requires all California State University undergrads to take a class on ethnic studies. Sage & Christa feel that students should take this course every year, from elementary on up, but it's a start.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump also decided he wants to overhaul the education system and wants to pull funding for schools who teach ethnic studies and also told federal agencies to end racial sensitivity training. Always looking to better himself, that Trump. :/
But let's talk more about someone who really DID try to better himself and the country!
W.E.B. Du Bois helped found The Niagara Movement in 1905. HERE is a list of their principles and to the right is a picture of the founders! We're assuming this was taken on the Canadian side of the Falls, since Black people were not allowed to stay in the hotels on the American side.
Voting is on everyone's minds these days with the big election but just because African Americans had the right to vote, doesn't mean those rights were actually allowed come to fruition. There were poll taxes, literacy tests and more that was done by whites to make sure only white people got to vote and Black people and rights of Blacks continued to be suppressed. You can read (and listen!) a bit more about that on our Reconstruction & Reparations episode blog.
Both of the A&H ladies have planners and (kind of) plan out their days. W.E.B. DuBois had a schedule as well, but it was much more put together and regimented than theirs. ;)
Something else he did was hand-draw infographics on African American life in 1900. Look at these amazing works of art!
Are you a savage? What do you do with shopping carts? The Shopping Cart Theory can help you answer this savage question. ;)
Oh...and why did Christa want to bring the funk so badly? It stems from this musical that she only vaguely remembered from many, many, many moons ago (with the AMAZING Savion Glover -- who deserves his own A&H episode). Here's a phrase you'll never hear the Queen of England say:
Bringin' Du Bois, Bringin' 'da Funk!
Ooooh, dayummm...."We gon' braaang the funk!" Sage didn't think Christa should, though, because these artists have one thing the ladies don't: the FUNK. (Sage is right.)
Also! We've started lists of book recommendations for each episode. We only have two lists up so far, but we'll go back and get the rest in there. (Please note we get a small portion of the proceeds.)
While we're on hiatus, you may need another podcast to listen to. Christa recommends Gaslit Nation with Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa.
Also check out Sarah's book Hiding in Plain Sight -- GOOD stuff. And Christa's mentioned The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism several times, so maybe read that, as well, to shut her up. You can find both at the list linked above!
(Christa would like to apologize to Ms. Chalupa for the mispronunciation of her first name...over and over again. It's Ahn-DRAY-uh, not AN-dree-uh. To make it up to Ms. Chalupa, you should definitely watch Mr. Jones, the movie Christa talked about...starring the handsome James Norton.)
And Sage recommends you watch some United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.
That should keep you busy for a bit. If you need more to do, go re-listen to seasons one and two so you can be ready when we come back with a sweet-sounding SEASON THREE :)
Wow, next week is our Season 2 Finale! You made it from Football to W.E.B. Du Bois, in true Applesauce & Horsefeathers style. :)
Good night, John Boy!
Mentioned in or used for this episode:
https://www.thirteen.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_souls.html https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/niagara-movement https://www.gutenberg.org/files/408/408-h/408-h.htm https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/niagara-movement https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/niagara-movement-1905-1909/ http://www.math.buffalo.edu/~sww/0history/hwny-niagara-movement.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._E._B._Du_Bois#Personal_life
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