How It Feels to Be Colored Me Questions and Answers
by Zora Neale Hurston

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How does this essay push our thinking about identity and “race”?

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Zora Neale Hurston's essay "How it Feels to Be Colored Me" is remarkable for being no less radical now than it was when it was published almost a century ago. Indeed, it may be more radical. Much of the current thinking on race—influenced by such figures as Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Ta-Nehisi Coates—espouses the view that, as West put it in his classic text on the subject, Race Matters . Zora Neale Hurston emphatically says that race...

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