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...f her skin stays a darker shade than that of their own. Although “race matter because of racism,” racism is not just a binary concept; it is not just a cut and paste topic. Rather, it is a multifarious, multifaceted problem that continues to affect the black women’s struggle with identity on a daily basis. The recurring description of Ifemelu as black further demonstrates how racism undermines the confidence she has in herself. She is a particularly strong woman who knows her self-worth and beauty. Henceforth, through the everyday subtleties associated with acts of racism, Adichie showcases its lasting effects within Ifemelu’s internal conflicts of self-doubt. Once again, the struggle of identity in Americanah is akin to Du Bois’ notion, where the African American community changes their outward appearance and behaviors to conform to the standards of white Americans.
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