Given the appalling state of affairs in Myanmar, where ethnic cleansing has seen thousands perish and half a million Rohingyas fleeing for their lives, I thought this quote from Toni Morrison was appropriate for this week’s Author Quote of the Week.
“Know the function, the very serious function of racism, which is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and so you spend 20 years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says that you have no art so you dredge that up. Somebody says that you have no kingdoms and so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.”
– Toni Morrison