Minorities Formal Essay

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Lit of Minorities Formal Essay Surfing facebook I read a comment by a user named Jeffery Li that read, “I think people have lost sight of the fact that the United States is not one culture, religion, or race; but a collective of strengths brought together.” The comment felt a bit reminiscent of W.E.B. DuBois who coined the term double consciousness in his book The Souls of Black Folk. The term defined describes double consciousness, as a sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity: a dual identity internalized by an individual often leading to an examination of how the world might perceive them. Individuals ponder if the world will affirm their acceptance or prohibit their integration; either way the beings self-consciousness has been fragmented. DuBois, the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, grew up in a fairly racially tolerant community and was naive of his racial differences until an incident. He wrote The Souls of Black Folk in which he describes this incident and a new ability to see a new white world through a veil. His first memories of being different occurred during his grade school years as he writes: “In a wee wooden schoolhouse, something put it into the boy’s and girl’s heads to buy gorgeous visiting cards—ten cents a package—and exchange. The exchange was merry, till one girl, a tall newcomer, refused my card,--refused it peremptorily, with a glance. Then it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil.” The lack of exchange in cards translated a strange lesson; the newcomer girl not only viewed him differently but treated him as such. In an instant he had become part of another world and

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