W. E .B. Du Bois’s activities often sparked controversy. In the January 1934 issue of The Crisis, Du Bois published an editorial proposing voluntarily segregation as an economic strategy for black workers and farmers, an idea that came under fire from the NAACP’s board of directors. As a result of the discord and the fact that The Crisis was in dire financial straits, Du Bois resigned from the editorship of The Crisis and the NAACP board in July 1934. However, overriding these issues was the personal conflict between Walter White and Du Bois and the acknowledged fact that White ultimately persuaded the board to take his position on the primacy of integration.