The American Constitution : A Double Consciousness Concept

1260 Words Mar 4th, 2016 6 Pages
The American constitution upholds principles our country represent .All the citizens in our country should have freedom of speech, religion, and freedom of fear. Do these principals and concepts apply to African Americans? Can African Americans carry their culture into the workplace? What do others think of the African American culture? These are all problems we face throughout our citizenship of being “FREE.”
W.E.B Dubois created a double consciousness concept. This concept help explains the challenges many African Americans experience trying to find their true identity. It simply means you are constantly questioning yourself and judgments based on standards set by “whites” or the ones claiming you are free in America. W.E.B Dubois theory supports that African Americans will always have an identity crisis because you have two separate ways of thinking, culture, speech, values, and beliefs based on the environments created. If you constantly care how others view you, how can you truly be yourself? This double consciousness concept has affected my life tremendously and constantly contradicts the lives of African Americans. W.E.B DuBois describes “double consciousness” as follows: “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness, an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two…
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