How It Feels To Be Colored Me by Zora Neale HurstonFor some reason, this is cataloged under fictional essays at a lot of libraries. It didnt come across that way to me, but I tagged it as both autobiographical and semi-autobiographical for my own sake.
This is a pleasant personal essay by Zora Neale Hurston that examines what she feels it means to be a person of color in America. She of course grew up and lived in the era of Jim Crow, but she also was a vibrant and integral part of the Harlem Renaissance. Because of that latter fact, (I believe) she finds a sense of self-empowerment. Her attitude is that of haters gonna hate but in a time when people who looked like her were literally being hung up from trees. She finds the hate of others to be nonsensical because she knows how valuable she is, and this is a message that is still relevant and important.
Its super short and great. Go read it.
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