Sarah Leonard @sarahrlnrd @theappeal @dissentmag, @thenation Being a Marxist is no excuse for not looking your best. Aug. 06, 2019 1 min read

Toni Morrison had the only good take on family.

This is from a TIME interview in 1989 (I first saw it excerpted in One Dimensional Woman) at the height of the teen pregnancy scares.

The original interview is in here  https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780878056927 

She talks more about family 46:00-51:00 of this interview with Charlie Rose (bless her tolerance of this clown or we wouldn't have this interview), reframing everything from "family breakdown" to the idea of the expansive family.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGeNJewyo4o 

And in this interview with Junot Diaz (amazing throughout) she talks about writing Beloved, and motherhood in relation to slavery and freedom, and makes a point v close to what Dorothy Roberts is saying in Killing the Black Body.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5kytPjYjSQ 

ie while (usually white professional) women were framing child bearing as a burden in the 70s, having children could represent a profound freedom for women who had been deprived of reproduction by racism and violent oppression. (she gets into this around 44:00)

American policy is never pro- or anti-natal - it's about who is encouraged to reproduce and who is punished for it.

Anyway, also just read this profoundly good profile by the great Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah - everything about it sticks in the brain, and I think about it all the time  https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/magazine/the-radical-vision-of-toni-morrison.html 


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