The C.O.W.S. Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby Part 5

Thursday, September 26th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fifth study session on the late Toni Morrison’s 1981 novel, Tar Baby. The first black female to win the Nobel Prize for literature, Morrison, an Ohio native, passed away this summer at the age of 88. In edition to editing a number of black texts and compiling an mammoth body of written work, Morrison encouraged other black females and males to write – including Dr. Angela Davis. The C.O.W.S. Book club read The Bluest Eye in 2012. We’ll recognize her passing by returning to her work, this time to read Tar Baby. The novel is named after the Uncle Remus character “Tar Baby.” The term has been used a racist slur applied specifically to black children. This fable becomes an important part of the narrative. During last week’s session the unnamed black male (presumed rapist) finally divulges that his true name is Son. While giving his own name, he expresses disgust at everyone refusing to call Gideon by his name, preferring to call him “Yardman.” Jadine, Ondine and Sydney continue to express hostility and suspicion towards the black male while hoping Whites kick him out soon.

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