The C.O.W.S. Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby Part 6

Thursday, October 3rd 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy hosts the sixth 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. Last week’s session featured a violent fracas between Ondine and Margaret Street. The brawl began when Valerian announced that he had fired two of the blacks servants for stealing stealing apples. Ondine became angered by this because it meant she would have more work to do and because of the trivial nature of the alleged offense. Her anger was enough to eventually compel her to divulge how Margaret Street violent abused her son Michael – including burning him. Margaret and Ondine engaged in a physical tussle before everyone was separated for the evening. Son and Jadine slept together – no sexual intercourse – following the conflict.

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