W. E. B Dubois Double Consciousness Analysis

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Double Consciousness W.E.B. DuBois defines double consciousness as a sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others and describes that being African American comes with a sense of two-ness. Meaning that being of a different race or class can leave a person torn between to different identities. In DuBois’ case one identity was of the man he saw himself as which was an American and the other identity was of how others saw him which was just another Negro. However in today’s society I believe everyone deals with double consciousness one way or another. Even a rich white male which is what is considered to be the norm and what is expected in America, it may very well not be the case somewhere else. For instance somewhere in…show more content…
In my own personal experience regarding the work environment as much as tried to avoid being consumed by the fact that I’m being looked down upon because of my ethnicity it became clear to me that that was certainly the case. About two years I was hired as an office assistant. The company was owned and ran by Jewish people. Initially I couldn’t help but notice that none of the Jewish workers were friendly at all with those that were not. They were cordial but most of the time acted like I wasn’t even there. I didn’t let it bother me and I stuck around doing my job, working hard and meeting up with their expectations. After being there over a year and realizing that I was getting more done than any other employee in my same position I thought I would ask for a raise and was denied. The boss gave me a speech about how the company is not doing too well and that he would reconsider it at a later date. Time went by and I noticed he hired a new girl which happened to be Jewish to do the same job as I was doing when all she actually did all day was socialize with the other Jewish girls. Then it came to my attention that she was being paid more than me to sit around doing nothing all day. I couldn’t bring it to my boss’ attention because then I would have had to explain how I knew how much she was being paid which would have gotten me into trouble. The tension that I felt took it’s toll on me

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