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.
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Author Jess Row muses on the questions of race, identity, and globalization in Your Face in Mine, a story that revolves around a man named Kelly Thorndike who is mourning the loss of his family until he stumbles across an old friend named Martin, who went to a shady plastic surgeon to undergo “racial reassignment surgery.” Delighted with his results, Martin asks Kelly to help him spread the word about this controversial new surgery, to which Kelly naively agrees. However, his life quickly hits rock bottom and it leaves him wondering if he should’ve kept quiet about the procedure.
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Fong Tran’s spoken word poem History Textbooks muses on how American history is often whitewashed by the winners and skews the facts to make the U.S. look good, regardless of what really happened. In the piece Tran points out that the same issues are being re-hashed today in our society and explains the reason why there’s still so many wars being fought is because the “Western way of thinking” won’t die in the American public’s consciousness. Tran then draws parallels between the idea that the U.S. should spread “democracy” to other countries to the slave trade and imperialist tactics of the 1700s and 1800s.
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