How It Feels To Be Colored Me by Zora Hurtson

Does this essay speak to you in any way?

The short descriptive story How It Feels To Be Colored Me by Zora Hurtson was really interesting to me, the story is based in Eatonville, Florida which is the first African American incorporated town. In those types of towns strictly African Americans lived in them, but on occasion white people would pass through. Living in a world like this would be hard for me because I can always remember having white, Mexican, and Indian people around.  In this story Hurtson discovers her identity and self-pride. “Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me”. I love this quotation. It is amazing how Hurston takes her situation and makes it “their loss” for not knowing her. I also like the metaphor she uses about the brown paper bag. Everyone is just a good and just as bad as anyone else. Everyone is the same; we are simply different color paper bags. “A bit of colored glass more or less would not matter.” she is right, we are all the same inside, despite our colors on the outside. I love her objective way of looking at the situation differently. Hurston says in the story, “At certain times I have no race, I am me.” I feel that this quote is extremely true and important and should be taught to people throughout the world, because sometimes a person’s race can become an excuse for them to act a certain way. But, in the end all they should really do is just be they.

What do you notice about her choice of words, her imagery, and her tone?

The tone of the essay is more informal and conversational.  She uses colorful diction, imagery and figurative language to take the reader on this journey.

How about you? Was there a time in your life you were suddenly aware of differences in people? How did you feel about it?

I was only 8 years old when I first came to United States, California . My first expression seeing American white people was how someone can be so light skinned?!

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1 Response to How It Feels To Be Colored Me by Zora Hurtson

  1. I loved your way of seeing things. You se things in a very positive way. I think that is how you see the world, in a good positive way, and that is great.

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