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The Story Behind the Title of the Novel "The Bluest Eye"

Clip: 06/23/2020 | 1m 27s | Video has closed captioning.

In this excerpt from Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, Toni Morrison recalls the time a Black childhood friend, who was 11 at the time, told her that she had been praying for blue eyes for two years. “This kind of racism hurts. This is not lynchings and murders and drownings. This is interior pain.” A film by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

Aired: 06/23/20

Rating: NR

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