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african american women It would be great if I could write this essay telling all about African American women how they see the world their perspectives on society and their views on life in general but being an eighteen year old white male its a bit difficult Fortunately I have had the experience of reading three essays by African American women that may help in understanding these peoples experiences A Question of Lanuage by Gloria Naylor How it Feels to be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston and My Man Bovane by Toni Cade Bambara After these three readings I have gained an insight into the lives of African American women In Gloria Naylors Essay A Question of Language the use of the word nigger is questioned I have always seen the word as derogatory and have always wondered why African Americans would use it as if it meant nothing After reading this essay by an African American woman I have a greater insight into why these people would use what I thought to be such a demeaning demoralizing word I can now see the word can have many meanings In my third grade class I remarked that once again the little boy had received a much lower mark than I did he spit out that word232 here I saw the meaning of the word that I saw the only meaning I knew A derogatory remark used to demean an African American person Then as I read into the story more I saw another meaning the word was always applied to a man who had distinguished himself that brought approval for his strength intelligence or drive233 Here the word was used as praise For the first time I could see through an African American persons eyes and understand what they understood I also saw other meanings for the word such as my nigger term of endearment I also learned when used as
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