How It Feels To Be Colored Me, By Zora Neale Hurston

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The past sixty years have been full of monumentally huge changes for society in the United States. From the civil rights movement and the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to the election of the first black President and the legalization of same-sex marriage, equality has been the subject on hand. While it may be a big pill to swallow for some, those that have been discriminated against for quite some time finally have the freedom to be themselves, knowing that they are protected under the law. Those minorities that celebrate this equality have a lot to teach the bigots of the country in such a wonderful day and age – pride. Zora Neale Hurston shows how important it is to have pride in yourself, your differences, and where you come from, in her four-sectioned essay, “How It Feels to Be Colored Me.” In section one of Hurston’s essay, we come across the innocence of a young Hurston, …show more content…

Each person in this country has been raised as differently as the fingerprints we possess. While we may have little nothings in common with one another, our upbringing and heritage may be quite dissimilar. Hurston felt the deep, narcotic, almost primal tones of jazz music while seated next to a white man in The New World Cabaret (266). The primitive instinct and response to the music went wild in her body, whooping, yelling, and dancing the jungle way (268). When the last tone of the music descended, she “crept back to the veneer we call civilization… and found the white friend sitting motionless in his seat” (268). He did not feel the vibes of the music as she did, but Hurston was not fazed (268). We should not be concerned with the contrasts in eccentricities within our society. Each person has their own way of life and we should not let that impede upon our

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