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Darkwater By W.E.B. Dubois

             Dubois emphasizes on how an ideology of mass movement can come in play. He illustrates this in the essay entitled The Second Coming. Here, Dubois discusses how three bishops from San Francisco, New Orleans, and New York have different perspectives and opinionated responses to movements made in society. The three bishops are informed of the anticipation of a new governor set to control for the new term which would be either the current one or one by the name Fleming. Nevertheless the three bishops, the black bishop from New Orleans, the white bishop from New York, and the Japanese bishop from San Francisco are all at this location in Georgia where they are set to temporarily reside for a wedding. The governor questions the growing turmoil of the black community and asks the bishops about this. The bishops are then informed of a fire so they look only to see that it was a dark rigid stable, with a white woman crouched beside a mule resembling a nativity scene holding a baby. The New York bishop is in disgust because of his racist thoughts and attitude, while the Japanese and black bishop are filled with honor, content, and acceptance. This is symbolic and in ways it is also metaphoric to not the second coming of christ, and black christ so to speak, but the coming of a mass movement towards humanitarian rights for blacks. "The bride awaits" exclaimed the governor. Although this can also partake its literal meaning, it also can compare as to how it is too late to stop this "movement" from coming and although the governor may want to avoid it there is nothing he can do but just accept it as he "waits". These "visions" are not concrete. The bishop from New York is utterly disgusted at the sight of seeing that the second coming of christ is but a black baby, thus showing his appreciation of change in the social construct of that era. The governor also is against this as he blatantly and openly oppresses any type of change as he complains of the candidate against him, Fleming, of bringing change about such as letting "niggers" as he states them, to vote.

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