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Toni Morrison

A short excerpt from Morrison’s novel God Help the Child on motherhood, prejudice, racism and discrimination. This short story elaborates on a mother and her difficulties raising a black child: How she thought she needed to be strict with her daughter and how this past behavior still keeps them estranged until the present day – when the mother is already being cared for in a nursing home: “I wasn’t a bad mother, you have to know that, but I may have done some hurtful things to my only child because I had to protect her. Had to. All because of skin privileges.”

· · 2015

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Morrison, Toni. “Sweetness.” Sweetness | The New Yorker. The New Yorker, 2015. 143 l., Website

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  • Award-winning
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