Racism in Beatrice Culleton’s In Search of April Raintree
Beatrice Culleton is one of the eminent writers in Canadian literature. She was born and brought up in the Metis culture, her foster care placements were with white families. Her novel In Search of April Raintree remains one of the most popular books of Aboriginal literature. This novel portrays about a young Metis woman trying to survive in two worlds. Some aboriginals try to escape from negative images by using alcohol or by denying their ancestry and others are begged down in internalized racism. In colonial Canada, aboriginal people have dealt with and continue to deal with Euro- Canadian dominance, cultural control and racism, all of which April and Cheryl suffer. Beatrice Culleton’s fictional autobiography In Search of April Raintree analyzes April and Cheryl Raintree’s emotional and psychological responses to oppression and racism towards freedom and love. The sisters suffer internalized racism, self-hatred and self-alienation and are acculturated to White cultural standards after experiencing racism.
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