African-American's Ethnic or Cultural Research Paper

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Some African-Americans are Muslims, for example, others are not part of church communities. However, because of the way that African-Americans are treated as a group in the U.S., regardless of an individual's personal identification with values, religion, and cultural markers associated with the group, the experience of an African-American person will be 'different' from an individual who comes from a group that is not historically discriminated against in America.

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The great black intellectual W.E.B. Dubois spoke of the need for African-Americans to have a 'dual consciousness' regarding white and black culture. An African-American, he said, lived:"a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. 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." African-Americans were forced to understand the culture of whites as well as their own culture, and even when they made a contribution to mainstream American culture, such as in the form of jazz, their culture and worldview was never considered to be fully 'mainstream.' This sense of difference marks all aspects of African-American culture, even in its fullest expressions of religious and cultural diversity.


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