William Dubois Double Consciousness Analysis

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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. Yellow book p.3
- W. E. B. DuBois
William DuBois an African American scholar have coined a concept of double consciousness to describe a sensation that colored people have developed throughout years. According to DuBois, African Americans are somehow endowed with a skill that lets them view themselves from other, usually, white perspective. He argues that African Americans struggled with multi- faceted conception of self. Meaning that they were continuously trying to reconcile the two cultures that consist of one identity.
DuBois argued that, people who possess double consciousness deal with the duality of their senses of self and perspectives. He noticed that double consciousness is dangerous for African Americans because it does not allow them to find their self-recognition, that they are unable to self-define themselves as their socially imposed identities tend to confuse them. The concept says that African Americas are living in the world where they have to perform two contradictory roles in the society, both at the same time.
African Americans have
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