The Soul Of Black Folk By Du Bois Essay example

1133 Words Jun 7th, 2016 5 Pages
When people migrate to America, they experience a cultural shock because they are unfamiliar to their environment. Immigrants feel overwhelmed by the new language and culture. The struggle to adapt to the new environment forces them to try to fit into the American stereotype. In The Soul of Black Folk, Du Bois says that the way white Americans view African Americans creates a tension on African American social identity. This tension is also seen on Latin American immigrants social identity once they migrate to the United States. Latin American immigrants struggle to reconcile two cultures with a multi-faceted perspective of self, which creates a double consciousness. The social pressures that immigrants experience cause the development of more than one social identity. According to Du Bois this social phenomenon is called double consciousness. Double consciousness makes it difficult for immigrants to adapt to a new environment, since they have a multi-faceted sense of self. Du Bois says, “It is a peculiar sensation, this double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others,” (Du Bois 2). He believes that double consciousness forces people to view themselves from the perspective of both cultures. This situation perpetuates stereotypes that can damage immigrants self-image. The inequalities established by society have resulted in the subordination of minorities. Du Bois says, “I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart…

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