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i love myself when i am laughing

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing… and Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive, A Zora Neale Hurston Reader

Alice Walker put this collection of Zora Neale Hurston’s work together, and it’s grand. The entire thing is perfect, but I want to take the essay “How It Feels to Be Colored Me,” Hurston’s polemic against the expectation her blackness and her femininity should leave her riddled with self-hatred, and beat everyone, especially men who are “so sorry,” over the head with it: Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more of less. No, I do not weep at the world– I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. We don’t need your pity.

Jazmine Hughes is the contributing editor at The Hairpin.