E. B. Dubois Concept Of Double Consciousness In Black-Ish

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Double Consciousness in Black-ish Situational comedies, or more commonly sitcoms, are traditionally rife with common themes and lessons, as they are made to mimic life in short, nicely packaged thirty-minute episodes. As these sitcoms represent life, they often also depict sociological concepts that are applied to real life. Black-ish is a sitcom that focuses on a modern, middle class black family. In particular, the episode “Switch Hitting” deals with the concept of double consciousness and directly interacts with it. Introduced in his book The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. DuBois’ concept of double consciousness states that African-Americans have two selves. He claims that an African-American, in addition to seeing themself as they truly are, must also see themself through the contemptuous eyes of White America. These two selves exist in contrast to each other and prove detrimental to African-Americans, who, as they struggle to better themselves are…show more content…
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