“The Conservatives, at least you know where you are”: She is tired of white well-meaning anti-racists


Claudia Rankine had just read aloud from her poetry collection ‘Citizen’ when a white middle-aged man in the audience stood up.

‘Citizen’ was published in 2014 and was the American author’s big breakthrough. It is a collection of small anecdotes that Claudia Rankine has taken from her own life and from friends, and which shows how racism can bubble up in even the most banal everyday situation. The reviewers loved the book and it won several awards.

And the poems had also made a big impression on the white middle-aged man who got up for the reading event. He told about it before he then asked the author:

“What can I do for you? How can I help you?”.

The question annoyed Claudia Rankine, and she replied that he should rather ask what he could do for himself. To this he whispered indignantly:


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