Historical Injustice In Citizen: An American Lyric

This timeline was created by Anastazia Fogle, Sharmin Akther, Jasmina Hamza, and Frankie Rodriguez based on Claudia Rankine's Citizen.

​Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine, keeps the readers focus on micro aggressions. Claudia Rankine’s book describes rising racial aggressions throughout the twenty-first centuries daily life and media encounters. The purpose of our project is to inform viewers about the injustice and wrongdoings that is still taking place in the twenty-first century against the African American people. We are trying to grab anyone’s attention that is interested in learning and finding out what is still happening out there in the world, today. We have used situations from Rankine’s book in our project and went into depth with them so that our viewers would get a better understanding about how cruel these encounters with African Americans really are.

The Verdict: Death Of Trayvon Martin

On July 13, 2013, the world finds out the verdict of the death of Trayvon Martin.

The Beating Of Rodney King

On March 3, 1991 the beating of a black male named Rodney King was caught on video and it impacted the black community immensely. In Claudia Rankine's, Citizen: An American Lyric, she included an image called "Little Girl" and it invokes similar emotions after learning about the beating of Rodney King.

Male II & I

These images are called "Male II & I" by John Lucas. They are found on pages 96 and 97. They are white and black men in the image. In particular, there is a picture of a young black male that fits into three cubicles. This opens up a relation with freedom. There are some images that expand into other cubicles. In my words, freedom is expanding out by coming out of the cubicles. Many people don't have the privilege to feel this sense of freedom. Some people have to see worst circumstances everyday. This relates to Jena Six where the young men were put into a position that made the black community react. It relates to the picture because there is a person on the image that has his face down while the head is being held on by his face. That type of body language can be interpreted as something being wrong. Dr.Fox, Ann. "Visualization of Black Masculanity in Citizen". http://litanalysis.suzannechurchill.com/s16/2016/04/28/visualization-of-black-masculinity-in-citizen/. Magazine ProTheme on Genesis Framework. 28/4/2016 Web. 17/May/2017

Little Girl

This image is called Little Girl by Kate Clark. In Citizen, Rankine includes this image after she dicusses a lyric about someone going to see "the new therapist who specializes in trauma counseling" (18). The therapist notices the person through her window and yells "get away from my house! What are you doing in my yard!" (18). The therapist is being compared to a "wounded doberman pinscher or a German shepherd who has gained the power of speech" (Rankine 18). After the therapist yelling, this person finally get's the chance to let her know that they are here because they have an appointment with her. The therapist was shocked and then apologizes for saying the harmful judgements.

Serena Williams Impersonation

On December 12, 2012, Caroline Wozniacki, the former number 1 player, had an exhibition match against Maria Sharapova in Brazil.

Soundsuits

This image is called Soundsuits by Nick Cave.

How Queens College Students Reacted to Citizen: An American Lyric 3

From our Arts of Dissent class at Queens College, these are some of our classmates reactions and comments about Citizen:An American Lyric.

Public Lynching

This picture is called "Public Lynching" by Hulton Archive. The original image was altered with the permission of John Lucas. A quote that relates to this is on pages 89 and 90. "Those years of and before me and my brothers, the years of passage, plantation, migration, of Jim Crow segregation, of poverty, inner cities, profiling, of one in three, two jobs...accumulate into the hours inside our lives where we are all caught hanging, the rope inside us, the tree inside us and when we open our mouth to speak." (Rankine 89,90) The image is found on page 91. It is a picture of white men and women gathered together. The environment plays a role in this gathering. People are affected by whats going on in their neighborhoods. Its a fact that you and your environment are related. Someone can meet another person and the rest is up to the community and how you react to it. This is how crime can be avoided. The news that goes around is spread and you have to deal with it someway, or somehow. This is related to Mark Duggan in the way that an incident occurred but there was no concrete evidence.

Untitled: Four Etching

This image is called Untitled: Four Etchings, 1992" by Glenn Ligon. Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst storms that happened to America. People were put in desperate conditions, people died, and some were greatly injured or hurt. The image when visioned in an art gallery and other people viewing this, creates an atmosphere where the worst is put into a couple of words. Lives of many blacks are influenced by words like color and always. History of African Americans is thrown in a sheet of paper. There are ideas and fascination of struggles that the black community is affected by. For example, the injustices of race, and discrimination separate people. The storm of Hurricane Katrina was something that could have been reacted in a better way. It was a devastating tragedy what happened in New Orleans, Louisiana. "At MoMA, Glenn Ligon Artfully Articulates Powerful Words". http://www.artsobserver.com/2012/07/20/at-moma-glenn-ligon-artfully-articulates-powerful-words/. Arts Observer. 20 July 2012. Web 17 May 2017

Jim Crow

This image is called "Jim Crow" by Michael David Murphy. (2007)

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