"Double consciousness is the sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others." This dual identity of being "Negro" and American doesn't allow blacks to have another source upon which to base their identity. This results in a "veil" between the black man's world and the white world that establishes blacks as both American citizens and American victims. Blacks brought their former slave status with them into American society, along with the double identity of being both "free" and "unequal." To achieve freedom, progress for blacks should include economic success, education, the right to vote, and recognition of their spirituality, but never were all of these issues addressed at the same time. This "veil" taught blacks in rural communities to accept that what they have is good enough, resulting in the world asking little of them and rurual blacks giving little to the world. Urban blacks can attain material wealth, but they must turn their backs on the spirituality that distinguishes them as black people.
Overall, I believe DuBois believes that double consciousness does not offer any solutions for blacks, but only by recognizing its existence and getting rid of it can we come up with solutions. Only when blacks achieving self-respect and respect in their own communities becomes the same as achieving respect in white society can real progress be measured.