Feel the Effects of Racism in American Society in “Citizen: An American Lyric”
Claudia Rankine’s poetry collection Citizen: An American Lyric allows her readers to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be hit with racism day in and day out in 21st century American society.
While the United States likes to brag about living in a “post-racial society,” Rankine points out the casual slips of tongue and intentional offensive language that highlights just how racist we still are as a country and as a society. With heartbreaking words, sharp-tongued essays, and painful images, the author immerses her reader in the daily effects of racism and shows how dealing with this amount of hate can negatively affect one’s ability to speak, perform well at work, and even stay alive.
For those looking for a powerful collection of poetry that shows the damage both individual and collective racism can do to those who are discriminated against, Citizen will open your eyes to the racial aggressions that take place in the media and all around us.