What is race to me? That is a very difficult question to answer because not only is race a very complex topic but it’s a very controversial topic, there’s a lot of other things tied to that word: judgment, discrimination, intolerance, etc. You cannot say the word race or discuss race without being looked at… Continue reading My Point of View On Race & Racism
Hair has been a reoccurring symbol throughout this novel. There is a battle between black women over whether girls should wear their hair relaxed or if they should wear it natural. This is very prevalent in Americanah as well because it not only develops Ifemelu as a character being a black women, but it also… Continue reading Close Reading of Americanah: Pgs. 257-264
In 2013, American country artist Brad Paisley and hip hop artist LL Cool J wrote the song “Accidental Racist”. The song discusses racism and plants the idea that hate doesn’t drive out hate, only love can. Within the song there are two characters, a white southerner and a black barista that are trying to overcome racial prejudices. Throughout… Continue reading “Accidental Racist”
The debate whether censorship should be allowed in literature is ongoing and not only prevalent in today’s world, but all throughout history. For example, in certain countries, journalists and bloggers can be arrested for saying bad things about their government. In Egypt a man named Kareem Amer even was arrested for insulting Islam and calling… Continue reading Censoring the World Around Us?
“Paula was sitting next to Ifemelu a short while later when the flash of graphics appeared on the screen: Barack Obama had won the state of Virginia. ‘Oh my God,’ Paula said. Her hand trembling at her mouth. Blaine was sitting straight and still, staring at the television, and then came the deep voice of… Continue reading Obama Symbolizes a Growing-point in U.S. Citizens’ View of Race