Racism In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah

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Race, ethnicity and gender have always been crucial issues of humanity. In her novel Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie unleashes her creativity to reveal the ugly truth of the American society as a brutal and hypocrite racist, and as the exporter of racism and injustice to the whole world. Racism is presented in the novel as the root of many other issues such as the loss of identity. When a person suffers from solidarity because he or she lives in a society that denies and deprives them of their simplest human rights only because they are colored or because they follow a minority ethnicity, that person loses his identity. When a person travels to a foreign country for any purpose, he might be rejected by the society for the sole reason of being a foreigner, this also deprives him of security and he loses his identity. In Americanah, Chimamanda applies the experiences of thousand of Africans in America to her heroine and creates a touching story of a Nigerian girl forced to stand against the ugly face of America. When Ifemelu meets her nephew 's baby sitter, another stereotype appears in the novel. The baby sitter has Spanish origins and Ifemelu calls her "Hispanic". The description of the babysitter as Hispanic is a sign of racism. The description is used as an American description of a certain race that has specific facial characteristics. The description is sharpened by being American, "Alma was Hispanic, an American category that was, confusingly, an ethnicity and a

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