God created created a tertium quid and called it a Negro, – a clownish, simple creature, at times even lovable within its limitations, but…foreordained to walk within the Veil! – W.E.B. Du Bois, the Souls of Black Folk
Today we celebrate Independence Day 2016. While researching and writing for dissertation, I came across the above quote. This was a thought that Mr. Du Bois pondered while writing about the slave-ship(s), humanity, liberty, freedom, and opportunity. Tertium quid literally refers to an OTHER, a something ELSE, a some-THING else! I thought then, maybe this is why we have mass incarceration in the United States. Since Black men are disproportionately incarcerated in jail or prison, I thought, “Obviously Black men are seen as an OTHER, a something ELSE, a some-THING else! Which led me to the question, are black men innately immoral, lazy, criminal – violent?! Are Black men some new kind of monster? a tertium quid” (Irvin, 2016)?” This is quite possibly so, “within the Veil!” So, we celebrate Independence Day 2016, but our brothers and sisters of all colors are yet to experience freedom from without the Veil! Huh?! Period, Case-Closed!
Irvin, Derek O. (2016).