"It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness ... two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one ... body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder."
-- W.E.B. DU BOIS, The
Souls of Black Folk (1903)