The triple weight of being Black, American, and a woman

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By Sara Lomax-Reese | Source: WHYY

W.E.B. DuBois once famously framed the duality of being Black and American as a “two-ness” or “double consciousness.”  “An American, a Negro,” he wrote, “two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.”

Building on Dr. DuBois’s brilliant analysis, as we march through Women’s History Month — especially during this #MeToo moment — I have been reflecting on what it is to be a Black American woman. It’s there where we discover a kind of “three-ness” or triple-consciousness, an existence that informs how we as Black women navigate this world and our lives.

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