African American Women

It would be great if I could write this essay telling all about , how they see the world, their perspectives on society, and their views on life in general, but being an eighteen year old white male it's a bit difficult. Fortunately, I have had the experience of reading three essays by that may help in understanding these peoples experiences; "A Question of Lanuage" by, Gloria Naylor, "How it Feels to be Colored Me" by, Zora Neale Hurston, and "My Man Bovane" by, Toni Cade Bambara
After these three readings I have gained an insight into the lives of . In Gloria Naylor's Essay, "A Question of Language" the use of the word "nigger" is questioned. I have always seen the word as ...

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meaning I knew. A derogatory remark used to demean an African American person. Then as I read into the story more I saw another meaning, "…the word was always applied to a man who had distinguished himself… that brought approval for his strength, intelligence, or drive."(233) Here the word was used as praise. For the first time I could see through an African American person's eyes and understand what they understood. I also saw other meanings for the word such as "my nigger", term of endearment. I also learned when used as a plural it represented those who had no respect for themselves or others.
The second story, "How it Feels to be Colored Me" was an eye opener. When I read this story I was stupefied. "I remember the very day I became colored. Up to my thirteenth year I lived in the little Negro town of Eatonville, Florida."(99) Wow, this was something I really never though of before. This person really had no idea what it was to be colored, this person had no idea ...

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