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Double Consciousness and 'Mestiza' Consciousness: Explicating Lived Experience in a Time When the Color Line is a Key Problem

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This paper explores the relationship between W.E. B. Du Bois’ ‘double consciousness and Gloria Anzaldúa’s ‘mestiza consciousness.’ bringing to light the lived experiences of ‘double consciousness” faced by various groups in the United States. The ‘color line,’ argued W.E.B. Dubois is “central to the conceptualization of human social relationships in modernity” (Monteiro, 2008:60). This line remains with us. It is more than a race line, it is a gender line, a sexual orientation line, a religious line, a line between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ identity; it is a “blueprint for the ongoing division of humankind” (Gordon, 2000:266). The presence of the line signals that “white supremacy” continues to be a dominant ideology in the United States and institutional racism a major issue. These lived experiences of ‘double consciousness’ put lie to ‘color blindness,’ and argue for a ‘white double consciousness,’ seeing through the eyes of the other rather than ‘white privilege.’


Jacqueltyn Kegley    
CSU, Bakersfield
United States


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