Mask

The Mask

Self Hatred: The Mask  – Is It Still Necessary and Is It Still Being Used

The fifth and final installment of the Self Hatred section focuses on the mask and how it effects the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. Have you ever worn the mask and if so where and why?

2. Do we only where the mask when in the company of other races?

3. Will there ever come a day when the mask won’t be necessary?

FRONT STREET

We have all been there.  We have all had that feeling that we don’t belong in the rarified air of our colleagues at our jobs and in some cases our friends and family.  We have all had to wear the mask in order to make it through situations.  But when does the mask become self hatred?  When does wearing the mask become dishonest to yourself and what you are?  Are you ashamed of who you are or are you just cognizant of the situation?  These are question that Black people consciously or unconsciously face everyday.  Does the use of the mask contribute to the destruction of the Black Community?

Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These question and more will be addressed during the discussion found on YouTube beginning on  x/xx/20xx.

 

2 thoughts on “The Mask”

  1. 1. Have you ever worn the mask and if so where and why?

    I wouldn’t say that I have worn the mask on purpose but do I act the exact same around every person or everywhere I go. I feel that I am relatively consistent around mixed race company. However I will admit that I am more comfortable around my own people but then again who isn’t?

    2. Do we only where the mask when in the company of other races?

    I feel that I unknowingly wear the mask just as much around certain Black people as I do around certain White people. I talk a little different even though I am saying the same thing. I act a little more or little less active, more around Black people and less around white. I think this is a result of me being conscious of the historical stereotypes attached to Black people.

    3. Will there ever come a day when the mask won’t be necessary?

    Yes I feel that when we get over all of our mess from the past that everyone can be open and honest with each other. However, I feel that we are nowhere near that point yet.

  2. 1. Ever where the mask, when and why? Yes, around both white and black folks. When around whirs folks more attentive to the tone I use when engaging because of the perception of the aggressive African American woman. When around black folks I uses more slang and “assessed” black mannerisms because people in my black race say I “act white”— whatever that means.

    2. Only around other races? No

    3. Ever a time the mask not necessary? In time.

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