Susan Sontag once wrote, a writer is someone who pays attention to the world. I agree.

Writers tell us about history. They narrate it from so many points of view, we beg them to tell us more. Writers are co-creators, re-creators and sheer gods.

If you want to educate yourself on a few social issues, here are a few of my favorites from phenomenal (and I will be using this word a lot) writers.

Today I will focus on race, racial discrimination and blackness.

  1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
“Not a house in the country ain’t packed to its rafters with some dead Negro’s grief.” Beloved, by Toni Morrison

When I read “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, there was a resounding question; What are you willing to do for freedom?

Inspired by the life of a runaway slave, Beloved explores the pain of a mother losing her children to slavery and the lengths they were and are willing to go to protect them from the pain and suffering caused by it.

Toni Morrison, God rest her soul, writes with such soul, insight and grace. Her work is both timeless and historic.

This is a good time to pick this book up if you want a life altering look into slavery and systemic racism in America.

Every word in this book plunges deep into my spirit. Here is an excerpt:

“What’d be the point?” asked Baby Suggs. “Not a house in the country ain’t packed to its rafters with some dead Negro’s grief. We lucky this ghost is a baby. My husband’s spirit was to come back in here? or yours? Don’t talk to me. You lucky. You got three left. Three pulling at your skirts and just one raising hell from the other side. Be thankful, why don’t you? I had eight. Every one of them gone away from me. Four taken, four chased, and all, I expect, worrying somebody’s house into evil.” Baby Suggs rubbed her eyebrows. “My firstborn. All I can remember of her is how she loved the burned bottom of bread. Can you beat that? Eight children and that’s all I remember.”

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


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