The text "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison describes how the way other opinions can affect how a individual sees themselves. In the text a character named Maureen says that she "is cute and you are ugly!" causing the narrator for that chapter, Claudia, to question her and her sister Frieda. Before the incident Claudia states that "We are in love with ourselves" meaning that they love themselves for who they are. After Maureen called them ugly they started to think thoughts such as "What's wrong with us" showing that they are longing to be "cute" like Maureen. Another example is how based off of how people treat Pecola like how the boys tease her and one lady called her a "black little bitch", Pecola is afraid to open her mouth. When she bought candy she was afraid to speak to the white man with blue eyes which she longed for. Many times she deals with these feelings of self hate by crying or causing herself pain. The parents treated their children like objects and often just used them to do work. In the text Pecola had fallen and accidentally dropped something hot all over her legs. Instead of helping her, her mother smacked her to the ground, picked her up, smacked her again and sent her out to do laundry. Like an object the mother favored one child over the other. This book exhibits how a persons words can affect people in a negative way by showing how certain characters are discriminated and abused by others and how most of that discrimination can be from their parents.
Born in 1981 ,Santiago de los Caballeros Dominican Republic, Firelei Baez is a Caribbean artist born in 1981, Santiago de los Caballeros Dominican Republic. She paints, draws, and does collages as a way to argue against ethnic stereo types. Even as she pours her imagination into fighting those stereotypes against her family as well as others she still uses humor causing her artworks to be very light-hearted yet inspiring. Her work consists of light, bright colors that combine people and nature. For example a few of her pieces include the silhouette being filled with flowers. She also has paintings of women that at first glance, look like they've been carved out of wood. Her artwork empowers her family tree and all the others around them for she is in battle with the stereotypes that put her people down.
The poem "Present" by Sonia Sanchez describes how inequality to people of color was treated. She describes how life was before and how her and her family, as time progressed, were forced to suffer by the hand of the people who claimed that they were "superior". They forgot the suffering and how everything was taken from them. The people of color aren't the ones who have forgotten. It's the people that had caused them suffering. The poet describes how peaceful she felt as a child compared to the sorrow she has felt due to inequality. She uses figurative language ,such as when she states " drink my women", which shows that she is specifically talking about women of color, how they had suffered, and how their culture was taken away from them. The people who caused her harm had forgotten, but she still lives with the pain and suffering of her ancestors.
The story "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi describes the relationship between a loving father, a daughter, and a resentful mother. From the minute the daughter was born the mother hated her. When the daughter was o age they wanted her to be married. All the mother wanted was to send her away. This text is another example of another toxic relationship between mothers and daughters. A mother and daughter don't always get along but a mother is not all a child has. The father only wanted her to be happy. The story sends the message that there will always be someone to support you. Whether father, mother, or grandparent, ect. Even as she knows what her mother is done she still leaves because she knows her mother was happy when she left. People never forget the love they have for family. Whether they were nice or not, they are still family.
The song "Tina Taught Me" by Solange discusses how you should be proud of your race but it is difficult when society's perspective is that black culture is not something that should be shared. White history is a kind of dominant narrative that pretty much ignores black ancestors and black history. The song encourages people to embrace being a person of color and to fight for their culture even. The word racist has lost it's meaning. Solange is trying to bring it back. The way you were created was based off of how your ancestors were. Sometimes the way your ancestors were isn't the way society wants you to be.
"I need you to have my back" is a line stated as the girl in the video confronts her mother. The video talks about how a mother who has treasured her child since birth, verbally abuses her and brings her down. The girl speaking is not actually her speaking. She poured her emotions into the letter and the video is the mother actually visually the daughter stating the words on the paper. This video shows that the relationships between a child and their parent isn't always positive. Sometimes it's toxic. The creator of this video sends the message of speaking up for yourself. Whether it's against friends, strangers. In this case she has to stand up to her own mother. She talks about all the nasty things her mother has said to her. She talks about how her mother is supposed to support her not bring her down. Family sticks together.