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* 18.02.1931

Racism is a construct

Racism is a construct; a social construct. And it has benefits. Money can be made off of it. People who don’t like themselves can feel better because of it. It can describe certain kinds of behavior that are wrong or misleading. So racism has a social function. But race can only be defined as a human being. -- Toni Morrison

Freedom is only sweet when it is won.

When it is forced, it is called responsibility. -- Toni Morrison, 1971 ... #veryfinequote

To entertain the time with thoughts of love

... coole zeile aus sonnett #39 von good old william s. (born 2day many years ago) .. #dz20 .

You wanna fly,

you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon ... #veryfinequote

Today would have been Toni Morrison’s 89th birthday, and if you can’t make it to one of the many celebrations going on in her honor around the country, you should at least indulge in reading her words—and also, perhaps, in listening to some of her wisdom. Luckily for those wishing for more of the latter, screenwriter Maya Cade has recently found a “largely unseen” interview with Morrison, converted it from VHS and uploaded it to YouTube, to mark the occasion of Morrison’s birthday and Black History Month, and to bring us all some much-needed joy.

The stirring 1987 feature, a lengthy interview about Beloved, writing, the legacy of slavery, and creating characters who are “large as life,” among other things, which also features dramatic readings of Morrison’s work and historical context, is part of Home Vision’s “Profile of a Writer” series, and was directed by Alan Benson. Enjoy it in full here:


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