"This passion for color did not surprise the African American scholar W. E. B. DuBois. 'All through the life of colored people and of their children the world makes repeated efforts to surround them with ugliness,' he wrote in 1924. 'Is it a wonder that they flame in their clothing? That they desire to fill their starved souls with overuse of silk and color?' It was true, he admitted, that they 'may fail in their object or overdo it ... but I do say that New England old maids dressed like formless frumps in dun and drab garments, have no right utterly to suppress and insult these children of the sun."
Amy Butler Greenfield, A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire (New York: Harper Collins, 2005), 252.