Power infuses nearly all of the relationships depicted in Invisible Man. More specifically, white male power threads its way throughout the novel. Even in situations where there are no white males present, it's clear that white males hold the power. Other people who hold any form of power – Dr. Bledsoe, the narrator for a period of time, and Brother Clifton – hold it only through the largesse or "generosity" of white men.
Dr. Bledsoe must always pretend to bow and scrape to white power in order to maintain his real power over the college.