Task 1In the blog entry entitled “To my fellow Non-American Blacks: In America you are Black, baby.” Ifemelu discusses that when you as a Non-American black decide to move to America, you become black. “Dear Non- American black, when you make the choice to come to America, you become black. Stop arguing.” (Adichie, p.220.) According to Ifemelu the deal with being black in America is that you have to show that you are offended when words as watermelon and tar baby is used.
You must nod back when a black person nodes at you in an area where the population is heavily white and when describing black woman that you admire always use the word strong, because that is what black woman are supposed to be in America,Ifemelu came from a country where race was not an issue, she did not think of herself as black and only became black when she moved to America. Ifemelu finds herself as a victim of a color conscious America. “If you are telling a non-black person about something racist that happened to you, make sure you are not bitter. Don’t complain. Be forgiving. If possible make it funny.
Most of all, do not be angry.” (Adichie, p220.) In this extract Ifemelu is advising the readers to not be angry when telling a non-black person about a racist experience, because you black are not supposed to be angry about racism. Otherwise you get no sympathy.Task 2According to Ifemelu the simplest solution to the problem of race in America is romantic love. “But real deep romantic love, the kind that twists you and wrings you out and makes breathe through the nostril of your beloved. And because that real deep romantic love is so rare, and because American society is set up to make it even rarer between American black and American white, the problem of race will never be solved.” (Adichie, p.
296.) Judging by the rather negative tone in Ifemelus post, it seems that she endures many unfavorable encounters in America. The mere presence of the blog shows that she feels pressured and uses her blog as a means of escape.Task 3″American blacks actually don’t want it to be race.
They would rather not have racist shit happen. So maybe when they say something is about race, it’s maybe because it actually is? – American blacks, too, are tired of talking about race. They wish they didn’t have to.” (Adichie, p. 325-326.
) Ifemelu know that race is a topic that will never die down, and she addresses it as such. She is using her blog to channel her frustration and anger towards non-blacks and American-blacks. She uses the idea race in an open blunt way even though she is speaking about non-blacks or blacks.”And remember that it’s not about you. American blacks are not telling you that you are to blame.
They are just telling you what is. If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you are uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway.
” (Adichie, p. 327.) Ifemelu is putting racism in this special context making it less black and white, this allows people to be more honest with themselves. White people can especially feel uncomfortable talking about the subject of race as stated in the blog entry, maybe Ifemelus approach will open more dialogue and discussion so we can start addressing this grey area.