Wednesday, February 28, 2024

"Portrait of the Inauthentic Negro: How Prejudice Distorts the Victim’s Personality " [July 1950]

Authenticity is difficult to attain. To make it even more difficult, no one seems to know exactly what it consists in. Authenticity, as I take it, would mean stubborn adherence to one’s essential self, in spite of the distorting pressures of one’s situation. By the Negro’s essential self, I mean his innate qualities and developed characteristics as an individual, as distinguished from his preponderantly defensive reactions as a member of an embattled minority.

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