Of Cold Feet


W.E.B. Du Bois


March 1, 1921

They are so brave! My God! The fire that blows from their dilated nostrils and the spite that sputters from mouths—but—go to Atlanta? No sir! Not me! I’m busy. I’m just about the busiest person you ever saw.

O, they were radical! They were Red and red-hot. They had fought for their country. They belonged to the American Legion and they sat 500 strong, clamorous with applause.

But when we asked for volunteers to protest a libellous film play, five promised and two came!


For attribution, please cite this work as:
Du Bois, W.E.B. 1921. “Of Cold Feet.” The Crisis 22 (5): 200. https://www.dareyoufight.org/Volumes/22/05/of_cold_feet.html.