Claudia Rankine Citizen Analysis

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Citizen by Claudia Rankine is a book that was published during a sensitive time in the United States. With controversial cases on trial and many protests taking place over the murders of African Americans by White law enforcement, Rankine reminds us that racism is relevant and alive. She uses poetry and several different elements throughout her book to push the reader into noticing the faults in their own actions, and in the actions of the people around them. Rankine points out everyday racism that most people participate in unknowingly due to stereotypes, and intentional racism that also happens everyday. Citizen is a book of untitled poems filled with stories of horrific and ignorant acts of racism. Rankine constantly puts her readers into

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