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- Toni Morrison on the bit (via howtobeterrell)
The scar of slavery is crude, lacking a story of heroism it is permanent. The images of slavery cause physical revolt:
It was not uncommon to see a man’s, woman’s, or child’s back crisscrossed with raw scars, not uncommon to see Africans hobble about with missing feet, to see a ragged stump where a hand should be. It was not uncommon to see their eyes swollen shut, their heads bound in rusty iron contraptions, their bones broken. It was not uncommon to hear that someone alive was now dead. (Johnson & Smith 48)
The scars emblazoned on the backs of slaves have cut deeper than their own flesh. The scars have crossed geographical borders, bled cultures dry, and imprinted themselves on generations of African Americans. The imprint slavery has sliced into history books and families has left an ever-present question lingering in the air with the stench of death: Why? The answer lies at the heart of capitalism. Money.
The allure of the dollar, the material wealth, the comfort, the power that accompanies the competitive nature of capitalism is the cause of this scar. And those individuals who have profited from slavery are white males.
Although Morrison’s Tar Baby is not a tale about the brutalities of slavery, as is Beloved, it is a tale that calls into question capitalism and the ramifications it has had upon African Americans. The picture Morrison paints of capitalism is not one of beauty, but it is colorful. Her picture is crimson, colored with the blood of those who have been discarded and destroyed under the guise of progress. Visually, Valerian Street exemplifies the zealous pursuit of wealth and dominance by white males."
- (via soadatnewschool)