Woman Is The Nigger Of The Wolrd: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
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Ignored as a person. Denied as a species. ‘The total absence of human recognition” (Morrison, 36). For decades, African-Americans have not only been looked down upon by white people, they have been dehumanized. Toni Morrison is controversial for pillorying this topic, that has been silenced by white society for years, not from the ‘Master Narrative’ perspective, that is the white male one’s, but from the exact opposite of this: an African-American girl. By doing this, she does not only awake pity for Pecola at the reader but also show how anti-black racism is constructed by social forces, interracially as well as intra-racially. Morrison represents African-Americans as people who suffer from the vacuum that white people create between…show more content… Afterwards, Claudia explains that this type of identifying oneself is all an illusion by admitting that “we rearranged lies and called it truth” (Morrison, 163). Morrison implicitly argues here that anti-black racism is based on an illusion. The excruciating side of the story to the reader is, therefore, that actions based on fantasies can have soul-destroying consequences, as African-Americans actually believing it is true.
Much of the force of African-American people feeling inferior to white people comes from the internalization of white beauty standards. First of all, Morrison stresses that even schools in those times were oppressing African-American children and teaching them to loath themselves. She does this by using a Dick-and-Jane primer that could be found in grade school reading, which implies only people from white middle class can be successful and happy. When African-American children get confronted with this primer, which is in sharp contrast to themselves, it only strengthens their feeling that they are worthless. Secondly, Morrison criticises the film industry for only transmitting the Anglo-Saxon beauty standards, which makes it almost impossible for African-American women like Pauline to acknowledge their own beauty (Barlaz). Pauline absorbs the white standards that are imposed at the cinema and in doing so turns against her own family. The repetition of saying “my floor, my floor…. my