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Does White Society Affect The Self-Ignorance Of African-American Women?

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In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the way Pecola values herself directly correlates with what white society considered beautiful at the time. The impact white society has on the self-assurance of minorities, especially minority women, is not only evident in Morrison’s novel, but also the way it continues to affect women of color today. The Bluest Eye effectively criticizes the way white society pressures and molds the personalities and self-value of African-American women directly and through the use of American pop culture and media. In the foreword to The Bluest Eye, Morrison speaks about why she began writing the novel, the root of prejudice, and how to understand and combat the self-loathing effects it has on minority female youth. Morrison states, “The assertion of racial beauty was not a reaction to self-mocking, humorous critique of cultural/racial foibles common in all groups, but against the damaging internalization of assumptions of immutable inferiority originating in an outward gaze” (11). African- American women had to reclaim their own beauty in a society that not only told them that they weren’t beautiful, but also in one that loathed them completely. The dampening of the African-American woman’s self-value did not originate in …show more content…

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