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Race In the Context of Reading and Writing Hurston is saying in effect I am colored but I am different from other members of my race in that I am not different from my race Race Reading and Difference 319 The word race when brought to mind can either divide us as a people or unite us It can distinguish the different divisions of humankind by such differences as skin color geographical region or grouping or it can unite us as a single people a single race the human race If taken in context from the above quote by Zora Neale Hurston in Barbara Johnsons essay Thresholds of Difference from Race Reading and Difference we see both meanings present in the same sentence In effect we have Zora telling us what it is like to be colored while at the same time saying what it is like to be her As race first appears in the quote it is used not only to divide the populace by color but also to set those of the same color apart from Hurston Here we have a very strong distinction between black and white Hurston states that those who share her race or her color purposely separate themselves from society because they see themselves as different She then goes on to state that she is unlike that society because she does not see herself as different she does not purposely set herself apart She alienates herself from her race The next time race appears it is used in a unifying context She identifies herself with mankind Hurston may be an outcast in her society but she is still human she is still apart of the overall human race Hurstons different uses of the word race as taken from Barbara Johnsons essay Threshold of Difference divide as well as unit while at the same time give us insight into the life of Hurston Although one use of
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