My Identity in Today's Society Essay

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“Our identity is a specific marker of how we define ourselves at any particular moment in life” (Kirk 1). I was completely lost for words when I read this quote, and that is because I always lived thinking that my identity was the little bit of information that was put on my Identification Card. Therefore, it seemed surreal to think that my identity could be changing from time to time, possibly even constantly. The aspects of my life that have molded me into the man I am today are forever growing due to my social location, which includes everyone and everything that has ever been in my life. It seems to be that the depth of my existence is never ending.
To be straight forward, I am an African American man, who was born and raised near
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I have concluded that my little identity card that I still keep with me is meaningless to my identity. It is merely a piece of documentation, which include what I have done, what I am currently doing, and what I will do, so that the government can monitor me. Nevertheless, that card alone in no way defines my social location.
I live in a place, that to me seems ordinary and is called home, but to others this place would seem unstable and scary, and would be called “the hood”. I assume it’s due to the bad reputation over the years, but never the less, my location has made people think of me or view me differently. It’s crazy because after coming to college, I’ve come to realize that a lot of people have never been to a ”hood”, so they just base it off of what they have seen on television. The thing is that not everything in those “bad” areas is necessarily bad, it does have its good aspects, but it could also get very bad at times. “America is a very hyper aggressive, hyper masculine nation” (Hurt). As far as a hood goes, “The only way that you can be a man… is to be hard…to denigrate women, to denigrate homosexuals, to denigrate each other, to kill each other” (Hurt). It is so normalized that during the summer, I have the

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