Reflection About Identity

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In the time we spent analyzing the ultimate meaning of identity, I discovered how identity was not limited to one’s self. In fact, it inevitably involves the world around us. In “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” Beverly Tatum explains how identity is formed from your own ideas and others’ views. In addition, the text mentions how identity contributes to intersectionality, which determines one’s power in society based on the seven categories of “otherness” - age, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and physical/mental ability. If you fall under the dominant culture - that is, the most powerful, widespread, and influential culture in a society - in any of these categories, you are granted an advantage in power. Chimamanda Adichie connects this concept in her speech, known as “The Danger of a Single Story.” In observing this, I learned of the “single stories” that people apply to various cultures, especially to non-dominant ones. These narrow-minded ideas place labels on those certain groups, and can lower their power in society. Furthermore, through David Sedaris’s story “Go Carolina,” I grasped how one increasingly understands their identity as they go through the course of life. We reflect on our identity everyday, without even knowing it. In creating my identity collage, I used all of these lessons to create my personal masterpiece. My cultural identity is connected to my race and ethnicity, and is part

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