In How It Feels to Be Colored Me, what conclusion does the narrator come to about her identity, and what quote stands out the most as an example?

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In this essay, Hurston contrasts herself with other writers from the Harlem Renaissance, whom she characterizes as members of the "sobbing school of Negrohood." She does not see her blackness as a tragedy but, instead, as another facet of her wondrous being. Interestingly, she feels more pity for her "white neighbor" who lives in fear of black people (the "brown specter") based on false, racist beliefs.

There are moments in which Hurston feels her black identity intuitively, such as when she is at a jazz club with a white friend and feels the rhythm of the drum in a way that her friend does not....

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