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

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Is race Hurston’s most important feature? Why or Why not?

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If by "feature" you mean physical appearance, Zora Neale Hurston's race is certainly an important feature in that it greatly shapes how she moves through the world and how a racist society interacts with her. According to Hurston in "How It Feels to Be Colored Me," race is a significant but, ultimately not the absolute defining, characteristic of who she is. Being black in her all-black hometown did not carry the same societal significance as it does when she moved to Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 13. As Hurston grew up, she encountered how her blackness was met with severe oppression and also how her blackness was of cultural importance to her and something shared by her black community.

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