Du BOis writes that people of color aspire to realize a "better and truer self." What do you think he imagines such a self to be?
What are some of the reasons, according to Du Bois, that the Emancipation (from slavery in 1863) brought disappointment to former slaves at least in the short run?
While Du Bois was speaking to people of color aspiring to realize a "better and truer self," today his words could be universalized. Many people are living lives oppressing their true selves.
That said, Du Bois understood that the lives people of color were living were not ones which allowed their true inner selves to shine. Because of the limitations placed upon people of color during the time, their abilities were shadowed, neglected, and ignored. Du Bois simply wanted people of color to be able to be who they were (artists, poets, novelists, citizens) without fear. By being able to be who they were in the world, people of color would be able to "let their true colors shine."
Doesn't he say that emancipation brought disappointment because it did not really make freed slaves and their descendants better off? They would have thought that things would really be tangibly better after they were free, but freedom did not do them much good at least in terms of economics.