Citizen: An American Lyric - Chapter 7 Summary & Analysis

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This chapter is about self awareness and identity. The question of 'Who are you?' is center to this chapter as the author explores what it is like to be black in the contemporary world, where the past, present, and future converge. All of the themes are offered in this chapter for one last examination, centering around one's awareness of body, of race, of language, and is interspersed with pictures, screenshots, drawings, and different paintings that all illustrate her intent to stir the heart, trouble the mind, and move decency to take action.

In a short scene, a white woman finds herself standing on a bus rather than sitting in the only seat vacant, which would place her next to a black man. She is ashamed of it, and the next time, she sits next to him and decides that the solution to her...

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