Ralph Ellison On Being A Black Person In A Society That Refuses To Recognize You

Ralph Waldo EllisonPublic Domain

William James

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.

Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.”

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)

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