Racism is the belief that one race issuperior over the other. It is what leads to discrimination and prejudice becauseits ideology is basedupon the idea that people of different races are different and can be treateddifferently due to their inherent characteristics and capacities.
This leads toa social hierarchy, determining races as inferior or superior than others. In Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s novel Americanah, Ifemelu, theprotagonist and a successful online blogger, uses her blog to turn racism onits head. She does so by addressing the stereotypes and clichés befalling theblack people as well as establishing many similar judgments about non-blacks.
Manyof Ifemelu’s blogs are aimed towards the white people, telling them that theyhave white privilege so they should not discuss racism, and that their problemsare not relatable to problems of Black people. She uses her blogs to defend the black people bygiving them a voice in the matter. She also states that they are not the onlyrace to be ridiculed, judged, and objectified by addressing the many faults ofthe white people. One such post reads “Friendly Tips for the AmericanNon-Black: How to React to an American Black Talking About Blackness.”.
Dueto its use of repetition, vulgar and authoritative voice, and rhetoricalquestion, this blog is the most passionate blog among the blogs Ifemelu haswritten.