Du Bois viewed American society as being divided by race and that "The problem of the 20th century was the problem of the color line."(84) Du Bois took a stance against social segregation of the African American, whom he believed could be "…both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face."(384) essentially, "to be a co-worker in the
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Negroes are working class within a caste system."(11) Lastly, Malcolm regarded black-white solidarity as non-existent. It could only exist if there was first black solidarity.
The methods of Malcolm X diverge drastically from the strivings of du Bois. They differ on all fronts from social segregation to solidarity. Perhaps these strivings could not be satisfied because each was a product of there own epoch.
Thomson, A. Twentieth Century Social Thought: A Brief Introduction. Acadia University, 1999.