Howit feels to be Colored Me

Howit feels to be Colored Me

ZoraNeale Hurston’s Howit feels to be colored, highlightsher life as a young girl while growing up in a black town, and visitsto Alabama, an all-white town. Zora experiences racism through socialinteractions, but unlike the ignorant society, she does not allow hersense of beauty to be intimidated. She experiences racism when thepeople identify her by skin color.

Duringher early years, Zora did not recognize the difference between thewhite and the colored people. Zora shows that people from diverseracial backgrounds are not different from each other if the societystops creating the barriers. When Zora goes for her high schoolstudies outside her Eatonville town, she experiences the socialperception and treatment of colored people. Zora is not ashamed ofher skin color “But I am not tragically colored” (Hurston, 2013,p 940). She does not understand why someone has to remind her thatshe is the granddaughter of a slave yet slavery existed over sixtyyears ago.

Althoughthe society constantly defines Zora by her outward appearance, shesometimes feels comfortable in her own skin and not identified byrace, “Ibelong to no race nor time. I am the eternal feminine with its stringof beads” (Hurston,2013, p 942).The author wishes to see a society that is not definedby skin color which is just for physical identification. “Sometimes,I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. Itmerely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of mycompany?”(Hurston, 2013, p 943)..Althoughthere are numerous times when she feels discriminated against, shesympathizes with people for not having the opportunity to experiencewhat she has to offer.

Inconclusion, Zora desires that the society should stop treating peopleaccording to their skin color. Instead, the world should view allpeople on similar grounds and look at the skin color as a physicalattribute.


Hurston,Z., N. (2013). “How It Feels to Be Colored Me.” TheNorton Anthology of American Literature.(940-943). Ed. Nina Baym. New York: W. W. Norton &amp Company.Print.