Sunday, February 24, 2013

Double consciousness

double consciousness refers to the sometimes vexing state of being black and American. According to W. E. B. DuBois, who coined the phrase, "It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this 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. One ever feels his two-ness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder."


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