Yesterday I wrote about having seemingly conflicted identities in my previous post “You Don’t Seem Black“; being an Oreo and having to balance the scale my Blackness. W.E B. Du Bois writes in his book “The Souls Of Black Folk” about the concept of a double consciousness. It can be defined in Du Bois’ experiences as reconciling his African heritage with an upbringing in a European-dominated society.
This concept is important because it describes taking on multiple identities successfully. The above uses the example of the concept in terms of women within a working patriarchal society, but I can be applied in many other ways as well. In terms of what I was describing in my previous post, I used the example of academia and wanting to go to university, but had resistance from my parents. The concept in this way can be fully more wholly describes by Nicole Johnson in her video below.
Ultimately, she pushes for the possibility of redefining the double consciousness to adapt to current situations. DuBois wrote during a time of post slavery; Johnson is arguing during a time of realized inter-sectioned identity.
(image used from http://www.knovio.com/the-visual-resume-how-to-stand-out-from-the-crowd/ )
What are your thoughts? Comment below on your experiences with balancing different identities in your life.