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Citizen: An American Lyric | Study Guide

Claudia Rankine

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Citizen: An American Lyric | Key Figure Analysis

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In Citizen the speaker refers to herself in the second person. The speaker often seems synonymous with Claudia Rankine herself, though this is never outright stated. The speaker is a black woman who struggles with the weight and exhaustion of daily microaggressions that seem intended to erase or invalidate her. She uses the second person instead of the first person, she explains, in order to indicate her struggle with erasure and identity.

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