Zora Hurston (What Its Like to Be Colored Me)

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March 4, 2013
English 11
Zora Hurston
 Zora Hurston, growing up in an all-black town, began to take note of the differences between blacks and whites at about the age of thirteen. Before this she did not think there was a difference between the two whatsoever. She looked at herself as a white person at the time, with all the same capabilities as a white person. Even though she was black, she made a huge impact on literature, American readers, and shows us how hard it was to be successful as a woman with color.

Black and whites had little difference in Zora’s eyes. Having a mindset like this at the time was almost impossible to find. This is inspiring to us as American readers. This woman was an inspiration to both black and white races. But Zora also says, “I have no race.” She refuses to stay bound by the memory of slavery and by the fact that she is black. She knows that people are just people. She created the snowball effect of segregation to be non-existent. At this time she tries to show all people are all the same on the inside. They could be poured out, mixed up, and filled back to be the same as they were.

Hurston knew herself, that she is an individual. She is an inspiration to American readers and became known as a huge influential figure in the history of African-American literature. Reading her work today has a large impact on the reader to show how hard it was to be a successful African-American, and live through segregation. Although she ended her life with little money, she now is honored through our studies and awe in her work.
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