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Citizen was a finalist for Cheap Dodgers Greinke Kids Jerseys the 2014 inquiry National Book Award. The book reads like a series of diary entries about encounters with racism. Here's one of the book's anecdotes:

You and your partner go to see the film The House We Live In. You ask a friend to pick up your child from school. On your way home your phone rings. Your neighbor tells Edmonton Oilers you Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey he is standing at his window watching a menacing black guy casing both your homes. The guy is walking back and forth talking to himself and seems disturbed.

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Rankine tells NPR's Eric Westervelt that all of the encounters described in her book actually happened: "There's no imagination, actually. Many of the anecdotes in the book were gathered by asking friends of mine to tell me moments when racism surprisingly entered in when you were among friends or colleagues, or just doing some ordinary thing in your day."

Interview Highlights On what she learned from cataloging her and her friends' Cheap read what he said Kids Flores Jerseys experiences of racism

I feel, like, Cheap Stubbs Kids Jerseys surprised at my own surprise at some of the accounts. And then when you start paying attention, it's amazing how many things occur in a single day or week or month. And, you know, in a way you have to kind of step back and just let them go. .

You go through the day assuming certain Detroit Lions things that other people are seeing you as a person, you know. That's sort of basic. And when these moments come in to your day in these ordinary events, it's shocking and it's disturbing. And the Oklahoma City Thunder disturbance is deep because it goes back Cheap Nike Lucas Marlins Jerseys to the roots of racism in this country.

On her goal in writing about racism in such a personal way

I wanted to create the field of the encounter; what happens when one body comes up against another Cheap Game Duke Womens Jerseys and race enters into the moment of intimacy between two people. .

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On the one hand, I am talking about Everton Jersey institutionalized racism. But on another and, I think, equally important level, I'm just talking about Cheap Elite Henderson Jerseys what happens when we fail each other as people.

On why she titled her book Citizen

There are two worlds out there; two America's cheap jerseys out there. If you're a white person, there's one way Cheap Youth Heyward Cheap Parker Youth Jerseys Elite Jerseys of being a citizen in our country; and if you're a brown or a black body, there's another way of being a citizen and that way is very close to death. It's very close to the loss of your life. It's very close to the loss of your liberties at any random moment. And so I wanted that to be Cheap Saltalamacchia Jerseys considered.

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