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  • This is a summary from Wikipedia about The Bluest Eye.

    The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison. The novel takes place in Lorain, Ohio (Morrison’s hometown), and tells the story of a young African-American girl named Pecola who grew up following the Great Depression. Set in 1941, the story is about how she is consistently regarded as “ugly” due to her mannerisms and dark skin. As a result, she develops an inferiority complex, which fuels her desire for the blue eyes she equates with “whiteness”.

    The novel is told mostly from Claudia MacTeer’s point of view. Claudia is the daughter of Pecola’s temporary foster parents. There is also some omniscient third-person narration. The book’s controversial topics of racism, incest, and child molestation have led to numerous attempts to ban the novel from schools and libraries in the United States.[1]

    I agree with them. Racism, incest and child molestation are obscene. And children need to know exactly how obscene they are.

    What? That’s what the book teaches them?

    Huh.