In Du Bois' "Souls of Black Folk", the moment Du Bois first experienced the Veil he also experiences _____________ for the first time.

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His understanding of the "veil"—a division that "yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world"—develops when, as a boy in New England, his gift of a visiting card is "peremptorily" rejected by a white girl in his class. He realized then that he "was different from the others" and "shut out from their world by a vast veil."

The veil's vastness enshrouds all black people and gives them, according to Du Bois, a second sight—one that is determined by others' perceptions, specifically the perceptions of whites, and dependent on a kind of heightened self-consciousness.

Young Du Bois's solution to being "a problem" was to try "to tear down that veil" by competing successfully against his classmates in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in schoolyard fights.

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