I’m mixed with black and white and I didn’t realize that I
actually think of Dubois’ theory of double consciousness all the time. During my childhood, I struggled a lot with racism. Peers and family members on both sides of my family would make racist comments and I just remember feeling bad about myself that I was two races. In their opinions, I was either “too black”or “too white”. I was often self conscious because of people’s opinion of me and the races that I am. I would also try to alter how I speak and change my mannerisms to fit in.
Now that I’m older, I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter how I speak or what my race is. I am who I am, and I’m okay with that. Although I still think about how racism and oppression have an impact of people’s lives, I think people should accept themselves for who they are and not what people think of them.