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:: RT: Nobel prize-winning novel (1993) by Toni Morrison, "The Bluest Eye" (1970) || #Racism #RacialPrejudice #IntegrationTheory #RaceIssues #ToniMorrison #USA #CulturalStudies
Who makes immigrants feel that they are better if they emulate locals than what they already are?
Benjamin was considered defected by his surroundings, and therefore he wanted white skin. It was the late 70s in a small Latin American village. During weeks, months and years he wondered how he could get rid of his ugliness. He wondered what it was about him that made him so unappealing every time he wanted to play with white children. It was his dark skin, he concluded, and longed for lighter skin so that he could be accepted in other children’s gatherings. He did not go for a knife but chose a dozen sharp thorns from a nearby bush: he began to strip off his skin. He had learned to see himself through the perspective of White people, as less than human. I had been induced to adopt a depreciatory image of myself. My own lived story resembles the girl in the Nobel prize-winning novel (1993) by Toni Morrison, "The Bluest Eye" (1970, p. 45). Toni Morrison’s novel "The Bluest Eye" and my own story are two manifestations of the same cultural phenomenon.
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