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

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Please explain what is meant by Zora Neale Hurston"s essay" How It Feels to Be Colored Me."

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How It Feels to Be Colored Me” by Zora Neale Hurston  presents a positive insight into the author’s uniqueness.  Her individualism is established in the first sentence:

 ‘I am colored but I offer nothing in the way of extenuating circumstances…’

She knows who she is.  From this knowledge, she displays a pride in her  distinctiveness.

One of the poignant stories Hurston relates tells of her discovery that she was a colored person.  Until the age of thirteen, she did not realize that she was anything other than a human being.  The author lived in an all black town, Eatonville, Florida. 

Hurston would resent being lumped into a racial or ethnic category. She was different, and she liked it that way.  The neighbors were timid and avoided any contact with the outside world.  On the other hand, Hurston sat on her front porch like it was the mezzanine at the opera and watched the world go by.  She labeled herself as the first Floridian who welcomed people to the state. 

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