Citizen by Claudia Rankine

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Reviewed by Chris Tonelli, Director of Communication Strategy, NCSU Libraries


This genre-blurring hybrid of poetry, prose, and images exposes and explores contemporary systemic racial discrimination. Through examples of both local micro-aggressions--experiences on public transportation, for example--and very public macro-aggressions--absurd calls going against Serena Williams in an internationally televised tennis match, Rankine collages a frank and unrelenting portrait of race in America, one worthy of being nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in two categories--the first time that's ever happened (it won for Criticism).