Toni Morrison Saved My Sister and Me with ‘The Bluest Eye’

I don’t know exactly how old I was when I picked up The Bluest Eye. The book follows four preteen girls and their community as a devastating secret simmers under the surface of their lives, waiting to boil over. The story talks about the black community in a way that I never experienced before. It explores colorism and the burdens we place on ourselves, ultimately, because of whiteness. In a way, Morrison’s words — her gift of The Bluest Eye — helped me connect with the one person I would come to lean on most in life. My sister, Tamara. It came not a…

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