Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Double-Consciousness: My Experience

April 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Madison Hall-Lambert

The definition of double-consciousness is just what it sounds like: to have two things to be aware of at the same time. In the words of W.E.B Du Bois, “double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others.”1 

Many people who are from a privileged background do not understand double-consciousness because, more likely than not, they do not need to compare themselves to others, or to look at themselves through someone else’s perspective. If there is a clear social hierarchy supported by race and social class, which are almost always interchangeable with one another, there are structural limitations that enable some...

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