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Literary Unicorn Toni Morrison Schools Stephen Colbert On Racism & The One “Fairly Substantial Mistake” She Made

Nov 21, 2014 By Shardae Jobson

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Through her strong but affable manner, she exclaimed that for years she didn’t read her novels after completion, but felt her “books are worthy” of accolades like the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize “because they are separate from me”. When she recently picked up a copy of Beloved however, she found it to be “really, really good!” We could’ve told her that!

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Regarding what passage or novels she would like to do over, Morrison felt she made a “fairly substantial mistake” when scribing her heartbreaking debut The Bluest Eye. She would’ve liked to provide “justice for one of the characters. A character I didn’t like”. Hmmmm….The Bluest Eye definitely had its share of flawed folk. If you’ve read the book (and please get to it if you haven’t!) who do you think she was referring to?

On the subject of race, without mentioning Ferguson or any 2014 headlines, Colbert asked: “Can I as a White man, understand the African-American experience?” Cue the pen and pad for this one. Morrison stated: “There’s no such thing as race. None. It’s just the human race. Scientifically, anthropologically. Racism is a construct. A social construct. And it has benefits. Money can be made off of it. People who don’t like themselves can feel better because of it…It has a social function. Racism…”

It’s confirmed. Toni Morrison is a unicorn.
This was definitely one of Stephen Colbert’s best interviews yet. Wouldn’t they make a great duo if she was on the show regularly? #yesplease

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My notes: Ms. Morrison speaks with atticism–concise and elegant expression.
As to the title, why is Toni Morrison likened to a unicorn? To better understand their use of the word, I looked up unicorn and found the following:

unicorn in Culture Expand
unicorn definition
A mythical animal resembling a small horse but with a long, straight horn growing out of its forehead. Often it was described as having the legs of a deer and the tail of a lion. Some sources claim it was visible only to virgins.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Minnie E. Miller


Author: Minnie E. Miller

Author and Mz Minerva Publishing--Minnie Estelle Miller founder. I have spent years in politics in Chicago as a 20-something, wide eyed lady. And later in Los Angeles, San Francisco and finally back to Chicago. As a retiree, my days are filled with creative writing and posting on writing groups. I am still working on my memoir, don't go on Facebook or other social media. I truly believe that social media as we know it today is going to implode one day in the future. My WordPress acct. is email is

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  1. I am always enlightened whenever I read your work Minnie. I so appreciate the statement of Toni Morrison, when she wrote, “Racism is a construct. A social construct. And it has benefits. Money can be made off of it. People who don’t like themselves can feel better because of it…It has a social function. Racism…” That’s it, isn’t it? Some people feel taller when they push their fellow human being down. Yet they will always be small because of it.


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