So many times we think of this idea of double consciousness as being referenced within differing races (i.e.: black and white). However, so many times, I know that I have had that awkward feeling of double consciousness within my own family. The reason being, is that my dad’s side of the family would be considered lower class (in SES), and my mother’s side would be considered middle class. My mother raised me to speak “proper English.” However, whenever I encountered my dad’s side of the family, there was that challenge of my blackness. To my cousins, I spoke “white” when I enunciated––appearing educated. They would challenge my desire to pursue higher education as though all black were reduced to blue collar jobs and low income housing. The mental battle of my blackness was constant because of the exposure to different economic cultures. Furthermore, being younger and I my prime stage of influence, I knew what was true but had to alter my conduct in order to feel loved or accepted.
This challenge within races due to varying economic standings, I believe, have continued to develop. Personally, that’s probably why we have shows like “Black-ish,” if anyone has seen it. The show kind of shows that battle of double consciousness within wealthier blacks. Take a look on abc.com if you want to see a glimpse of what I’m talking about (specifically episode 1).