Review: God Bless the Child by Toni Morrison

Again-someone’s work I’d like to see on PBS or rather someone deserving of an American Masters portrait.

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Toni Morrison

by Sabo Kpade

Chief among the preoccupations of God Bless The Child is skin shade: a slight variation from the skin colour that is a main raw material in many of Toni Morrison’s previous works. The lens is still aimed on the same target but the focus has been narrowed.

Bride is a young woman in her early twenties. The fact that she is independent, successful and in charge of a department called YOU, GIRL – a hip cosmetic range – comes as a near miracle considering the hostility that has plagued her since birth. Born with darker skin than either of her parents, her mother Sweetness contemplated abandoning her or smothering her with a pillow. Her husband, suspecting his wife of foul play, left her. An attempt at restitution with a teacher, whom she accused of child abuse in an attempt to earn her mother’s love, results in a…

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