Slavery In Toni Morrison's Life

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About 4 years ago, I was crossing the street headed towards my house. As I crossed the street, I did not realize that a car was coming. Next thing, I know is that I’m lying on the floor, in complete shock. People were gathering around me. The firefighters came, then the police, and then an ambulance. When the paramedics came, all I could ask was “Did I just get by a car?” The paramedic said yes. Then it all clicked. I was like “wow! I was actually hit by a car.” But I felt fine, so I asked the paramedic if I could go home. He gave me this baffled look and immediately said “No. We need to take you to the hospital girl.” Once in the hospital, the doctors took X-rays and said I would be fine. I went home feeling very lucky. If you think about…show more content…
I’m referring to the experience of slavery. In our history class and through the readings in our English class we have learned that African Americans were once forcefully brought here as slaves. As property, and animals that were here to work for whites. For centuries, African Americans experienced the traumatic events that many slaves had to survive, which consisted of abuse, violence, and suffering. Toni Morrison described it as the thought “That anybody white could take your whole self for anything that came to mind. Not just work, kill, or maim you, but dirty you. Dirty you so bad you couldn't like yourself anymore. Dirty you so bad you forgot who you were and couldn't think it up." It was the fear that every slave had to face. Being an object that was forced to live through hell, an experience that often took the sanity of those who had to live it. Slaves were at the mercy of their masters. They could do with them as they…show more content…
Sojourner Truth once explained, “I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me!” As a mother, Sojourner Truth knew what it was to be a slave. She knew about the pain and the suffering. Yet, she couldn’t do much to protect her children. She was defenseless. This act of leaving someone with the burden of guilt can lead victims to feel responsible. For example, as Frederick Douglass once said “I never shall forget it whilst I remember any thing. It was the first of a long series of such outrages, of which I was doomed to be a witness and a participant.” Slavery made those who were victims feel as though they were responsible. Slaves often had to witness the trauma of others and feel a sense of shame for not being able to do

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