How It Feels To Be Colored Me
It’s not news that racism is one of the hottest and the most relevant topics in the world. It does not matter researches speak on North America, Africa, Europe or another part of the world. Even racism is claimed to be in the past, there are many prejudices and stereotypes as for this issue. Literature is one of those leverages which can show how society has to control racial problems. Here we are about to discuss and analyze one of the most popular masterpieces on racism by Z. Neale Hurston.
In her masterpiece, Zora narrates about her childhood and bad life as an African American girl. Most of her experience that she described took place at the beginning of the 20th century in the USA. A peak moment in racism has come to the middle of the 1960s and the end of the 1960s became a real before and after the moment in the history of the USA. Zora describes how people were obliged to use special enters, different sit in cafes, buses (for example, people with while skin could sit anywhere they wanted and mostly in front, but those who had black skin had to choose only special seats — in rear). There were even different rules for colored people in cafes, bars, universities, schools, and libraries.
As for Zora N. H. herself, she has been raised in an all-black community, it was located in Florida and that is the initial reason why this novel is totally devoted to this issue. Zora didn’t have any serious reasons to take and even think about her skin color really, but one day has changed her life for the future. A 13-year old girl left
home to enter a primary school in a small town. Her hometown was even smaller but nobody mentioned her color skin, because even there were laws which restricted “different” people from going to mutual schools, using same sits in different places, for instance in her hometown did not back up racism. Zora narrates how people had so many different called colored boxes or bags which legendary were packed with so many different feelings and aims.
In Jacksonville, everybody said that the girl was not like others and that difference turned her life to hell. Zora said that she was not that little girl anymore, she was an object which grabbed too much attention. Negative attention. As a little girl, she recollects numerous experienced where she felt her face and her body color.
At college in Barnard, she was “a dark rock surged upon, overswept by a creamy sea.” She also describes a time she went to a jazz club with a white friend, and while she found herself deeply affected by the music, her white friend was not similarly affected, which Hurston chalks up to their racial difference. Despite her position as a black woman, in this essay, Hurston does not engage in self-pity but takes racial difference and discrimination in stride.
Hurston used many different metaphors and comparisons, but the major one was a colored box or a bag. It was made to show that Zora was intended to emphasize what “different” people were like. She imagined them with bags which are packed with their own desires, aims, sometimes and many hopes. Each life is presented as a bag. If there is no racism, nobody would wear special bags and this is what Zora is dreaming about.
Racism is one of the most popular topics in literature, movies and other fields of art. It is important to speak about racism since this is totally unacceptable to judge people by skin color and divide them into groups. It is even more unacceptable to provide special places or entrances for colored and not colored people since everybody is equal and must have the same rights.