Does Race Matter – Part One?

Toni Morrison“Suddenly race does not exist. For three hundred years Black Americans insisted that race was no usefully distinguishing factor in human relationships. During those same three centuries every academic discipline, including theology, history, and natural science insisted race was the determining factor in human development. When Blacks discovered they had shaped or become a culturally formed race, and that it had specific and revered difference, suddenly they were told there is no such thing as race, biological or cultural, that matters and that genuinely intellectual exchange cannot accommodate it. It always seemed to me that the people who invented the hierarchy of race when it was convenient for them ought not to be the ones to explain it away, now that it does not suit their purposes for it to exist.” – Toni Morrison

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