Toni Morrison breaks down the nature of racism in a profound narrative.

“I think everyone has a moment when you know you are white, or when you know you are not and it’s a very powerful moment. It crops up time and time again in literature. It’s never understood by psychiatrists to be of any moment, but it is. It’s a totally overwhelming moment, particularly if you love the person who’s the other color; the child sitting next to you or the woman taking care of you. And then you’re told that there’s this profound, meaningful, difference; not the difference in eye color or the shape of a lip, but a meaningful difference that requires separation. And what happens is that you feel that you have loved something that is unworthy of you or that you have wasted this wonderful feeling you have. I think it’s traumatic, that moment.”

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