How It Feels To Be Colored Me
Discussion and Writing Questions
1.) In my opinion, Hurston is trying to say that she’s not different from anyone else just because she’s colored. That just because people are different on the inside, that doesn’t mean they’re very different on the outside at all. I believe she’s also trying to show that slavery is something of the past, and that it’s already been dealt with. And that just because she is colored, she won’t let that limit her from what she is capable of doing in life.
In the very first paragraph of the essay, Zora states, “I am the only Negro in the United States whose grandfather on the mother’s side was not an Indian chief.” But I do not believe this is actually true, due to the fact that there’s really no way she could know for sure that she was the ONLY one.
2.) When Hurston uses imaginations in her descriptions of her white neighbor, her experience at the jazz club and in the final paragraph she uses these imaginative moments to further explain what she is describing. Almost like she’s trying to paint a picture in the mind of the reader.
3.) An African American writer who might be included in what Hurston calls “the sobbing school of Negrohood” might be offended by Hurston’s criticism. Because not every person feels the same about what they are writing or reading.
4.) I agree with the way Hurston’s conception of how she understands race. Basically what she’s saying at the end of her essay is that everyone really should be considered equal, and that skin color shouldn’t matter. That we should just all be able to come together no matter what color your skin, or where you ancestors came from.