American Citizen Essays

  • Are Illegal Police Quotas Still Affecting American Citizens?

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    Are Illegal Police Quotas Still Affecting American Citizens? Just this past summer, one of my good friends was driving through Harrisonburg on his way home from work, when he noticed the one thing all drivers dread, flashing blue lights closing in on him fast. While pulling to the side of the road, he realized there was not one, but two police cars behind him. He knew he had only been going five miles per hour over the speed limit, so he was worried as to why two police cars had just pulled

  • Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric

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    An Analysis of Citizen: An American Lyric It seems as if Claudia Rankine’s, Citizen: An American Lyric, is the artistic representation of the defining mood in this particular point in history as shown by widespread ideas and beliefs. When reading the book it is easy to think, “this is not really poetry”. Judges at the Book Critics Awards of 2014 declared that “It is not just poetry”. The sections of the book themselves are often categorized as essays, prose, stories, etc., in reviews by critics

  • American President is first citizen

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    The first citizen of a nation can be seen as an individual who is at the head of his institution and also one of his own citizens. It may seem ironic or even impossible that a person can assume such high standing while maintaining the typical image of his fellow men. But with the unique structure of the American Government and the many interesting facets of its President, the American Presidency can assume such roles. Since the military is headed by civilian control, the President’s status as Commander-in-Chief

  • I am a Filipino Through the Eyes of an American Citizen

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    I am a Filipino Through the Eyes of an American Citizen In Webster’s New Dictionary, history is defined as a study of past events; course of life or existence. Without history, we wouldn’t know our cultures, where we came from, and the major events that changed the world. This is true for many people, because some of them don’t know their culture or their families’ history. People of color, especially many minorities who are born in America (second generation) tend to not learn their histories

  • Mine Okubo's Citizen 13660 - Japanese Americans Have No Rights

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    Mine Okubo's Citizen 13660 - Japanese Americans Have No Rights “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”(Weiler). As stated in the Declaration of Independence, all American citizens are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Right ”(Weiler) website. However, the United States did not hold true to this promise when removing all Nisei, Japanese Americans, from the pacific coast and transporting them to various relocation centers. In these relocation centers, the Nisei, also referred

  • Claudia Rankine's Citizen-An American Lyric

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    In the book, “Citizen - An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine wrote about racial prejudice that the black body has been facing due to stereotyping. In the book, Rankine said the blacks are being judged by the color of their skin and not viewed as equal to their white counterpart. Rankine then backed up her claims by using descriptive imagery to create pictures in our mind as well as evoking feelings by citing various incidents to illustrate how black persons are still being discriminated against

  • Racism In Serena Williams's Citizen: An American Lyric

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    “Citizen: An American Lyric” is a poem about the issues of race that gives a voice to African-Americans and strife in a white majority country. The book begins with the mention of “racial incidents experienced by Rankine and friends of hers” in the second person (Chiasson 1). Then, the experiences in a private school, the cabin of a plane, and on the way to therapy demonstrate that Claudia Rankine used African-Americans as professionals and academics who encounter injustices (Bass 1). For example

  • Racism In Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric

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    matter their race. In Claudia Rankine 's book called Citizen: An American Lyric she present many stories that portrait racial injustices from the white community to the black community in many different ways. These racial injustices are evident, in her lyrics, not only towards a regular black person, but also to famous athletes in the early 2000. Although african american professional athletes nowadays rarely suffer racism, nowadays african american professional athletes are the ones who are standing

  • Stereotypes Of African Americans In Claudia Rankine's Citizen

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    incorporated in our quotidian life. We willingly pursue the worn out, false stereotypes. It is second nature and we are smothered by it. Racism, the hatred or intolerance of another race or other races, embodies our lives while harming African Americans. In the novel, Citizen, Claudia Rankine depicts the stereotypes of black lives while providing insight on the way society treats them. Within the text, Rankine expresses a series of events based on racist acts. Within Rankines text, she shows that as decades

  • Analysis Of Claudia Rankine's Citizen: American Lyric

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    emotions for anyone that reads it. As readers, we are taken through a journey from past to present events of racial incidents experienced by different genders and ages. Above all, Rankine provides a strong indication that racism is far from over. Citizen: American Lyric is formatted into various stanzas and sentences, in some cases the stanzas are just one line in other cases they are paragraphs. Additionally, the lyric is divided into seven section, each connected by the theme of racism. Rankine uses

  • The Struggle for Freedom Among African American Citizens

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    characteristics in American history. The United States thrives through the means of diversity. However, diversity has not always been a positive component in America; in fact, it took many years for our nation to become accustomed to this broad variety of mixed cultures and social groups. One of the leading groups that were most commonly affected by this, were African American citizens, who were victimized because of their color and race. It wasn’t easy being an African American, back then they had

  • The American Dream in Citizen Kane and The Great Gatsby

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    these diversities, its inhabitants- the "average American"- have a single thing in common; a single idea; a single goal; the American Dream. The Dream consists of a seemingly simple concept; success. Americans dream of a successful marriage, family, successful job, and own a Victorian-style home with a white picket fence and an oak tree with a swing tire in the front yard. The accessories add to the package according to the individuality of the American Dream. And, perhaps along with the "melting pot"

  • Play Critique: Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric

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    Amanda Fermin Fermin 1 Goodson Seminar in the Arts 18 August, 2015 Play Critique- CITIZEN: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine is a Jamaican woman born in 1963 raised in Kingston and New York City. Her early life traces back to when she studied at Williams College, where she then decided to pursue an MFA at Columbia University. Since completing her education, she has published collections of poetry, anthologies, and has received many awards and fellowships. She is currently the Henry G. Lee

  • Racialization And Colonialism In Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric

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    Racialization, Colonialism, and the Best Female Tennis Player of All Time Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric provides racially charged commentary on the internal and external conflicts of black experiences in America. She uses various formats - poetry, short essays, and artwork- to articulate her ideas and nuance the various themes over which this conversation takes place. By addressing Rankine’s discussion on Serena Williams, the themes of racialization and colonialism interact

  • American History: David Walker and his Appeal to The Coulored Citizen

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    our modern reality (Turner 11). David Walker’s Appeal influenced many throughout American history, especially those of African descent. His fight in the cause of justice for black people will never be buried. He is one of the most influential and controversial figures since the beginning of the United States. Works Cited Page Turner, James. David Walker’s Appeal: To the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in particular, and very expressly, to those of the United States

  • The Disappearing Democracy of the United States

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    States For Americans, the word “democracy” itself is strong enough to conjure up notions of a nation unhindered by an oppressive government where citizens are able to engage in the freedom of speech, press, and religious choice and practice. So powerful are American pro-Democratic sentiments that it is a common thought that any other country that does not prescribe to a liberal democracy is somehow inferior. Yet as time marches on, the feelings of superiority by American citizens become more and

  • Ronald Takaki's Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th-Century America

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    people, and instead promoterational and virtuous American citizens. Ronald Takaki expands upon this concept in his historical analysis, Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th-Century America, explaining that these constructs functioned specifically to separate the white man from blacks and Native Americans, who were believed to be devoid of the civility required to build a democratic nation. As patriot leaders attempted to resolve the exclusiveness of American identity to Anglo-Saxon peoples, rhetoric and

  • Argumentative Essay: The Appalling Lack of Gun Control in the United States

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    cold bloodily murder their teachers and fellow classmates? I think not. I would posit that these fine men, these symbols of American liberty and democracy would turn in their graves if they could see how their words, their intentions, were manipulated and grossly misinterpreted, to serve the purposes of those who pretend to be protecting the rights of their fellow American Citizens. On the contrary, it is my belief that they, the politicians, are recklessly endangering those whose rights they claim to

  • Identity Issues In Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric

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    that is becoming increasingly aware of political correctness and normalizing taboo subjects, identity issues have become a polarizing topic. Claudia Rankine, poet and essayist, has furthered the discussion of identity issues with her book, Citizen: An American Lyric. Rankine’s work describes the unavoidable invisibility that individuals experience, the trouble minorities have with identifying themselves, and the ways in which people question their own identity and character. Although it is impossible

  • 1930s

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    During the 1930's American citizens witnessed a breakdown of the Democratic and free enterprise way of life. The government saw that the free enterprise system was failing. The New Deal increased the government's regulation and intervention and the economic system, thus temporarily abandoning the capitalism system and turning toward socialism to find the answer. The answer... the New Deal. Socialism is usually thought of as a form of government that advocates public ownership and public