On Double Consciousness

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On Double Consciousness by W. E. B. DuBois It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness,--an American, a Negro; two warring souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife,--this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. Diaspora n. a. A dispersion of a people from their original homeland.
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Unformatted text preview: b. The community formed by such a people: "the glutinous dish known throughout the [West African] diaspora as . .. fufu" (Jonell Nash). 4. diaspora A dispersion of an originally homogeneous entity, such as a language or culture. Cognitive Dissonance Description This is the feeling of uncomfortable tension which comes from holding two conflicting thoughts in the mind at the same time. Dissonance increases with: The importance of the subject to us. How strongly the dissonant thoughts conflict. Our inability to rationalize and explain away the conflict....
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