Analysis Of Marita Bonner 's On Being Young A Woman And Colored

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On Being Young-A Woman-and Colored an essay written by Marita Bonner addresses what it means to be a black women in a world of white privilege. Bonner reflects about a time when she was younger, how simple her life was, but as she grows older she is forced to work hard to live a life better than those around her. Unfortunately, she is a woman living with the roles that women of all colors have been constrained to. Critics, within the last 20 years, believe that Marita Bonners’ essay primarily focuses on the double consciousness ; while others believe that she is focusing on gender , class , “economic hardships, and discrimination” . I argue that Bonner is writing her essay about the historical context of oppression forcing women into intersectional oppression by explaining the naturality of racial discrimination, how time and money equate to the American Dream, and lastly how gender discrimination silences black women.
Introduction to Marita Bonner and the Harlem Renaissance Marita Bonner, a former African American writer, essayist, and playwright during the time of the Harlem Renaissance is known for her essays and first fictional work known as “Frye Street.” She was born on June 16, 1898, in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended public school where she learned to play the piano and began writing for her High School magazine, the Sagamor. Because Bonner was sheltered until high school from racial prejudice, the young writer would end up experiencing discrimination when she…

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