The COWS Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby Part 8 (Conclusion)

Thursday, October 17th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 8th and final 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, died this summer at the age of 88. In edition to editing a number of black texts and compiling a gargantuan body of written work, Morrison encouraged other black females and males to write – including Dr. Angela Davis. The C.O.W.S. Book club examined 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 saw Jadine and Son have an enormous brawl with each other after returning to New York from Eloe. They often fought about Valerian – specifically, Jadine’s attachment to this White man. Jadine wants Son to get a job or take Valerian money’s to start a business or go to school. Back on the island, Valerian continues to act greatly pained by the “revelation” that his wife abused their son, Michael. After Jadine dumps Son, she says it will be hard to forget him because of how well he “fucked.” Again, black males are reduced to rapists and walking penises.

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