Robin Boylorn on Toni Morrison and White Supremacy

Sep 3, 2019

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The death of iconic author and professor emeritus Toni Morrison has affected a lot of people, especially Robin Boylorn who’s been deeply influenced by Morrison’s work.

In this segment of Crunk Culture, Professor Boylorn honors Morrison and encourages us to take heed to her words – words that condemn white supremacy and hate in America.

A note to listeners: Dr. Boylorn addresses mass shootings in this piece, but it was recorded before the attack in Odessa, Texas.

In the following commentary, Dr. Boylorn says "I was reckoning with my own mortality after learning 31 people had been murdered in acts of domestic terrorism." She is referring to the mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, Ohio that occured on Aug. 03 and Aug. 04, 2019, respectively. 

She also states, "On August 05, the day of Ms. Morrison's passing and the 217th day of the year, there had been 255 mass shootings in the United States. That means there had been more mass shootings than days in 2019."

The attack in Odessa, TX on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 was the 256th mass shooting in the US. Seven people were killed and at least 22 others were injured.

Written by Robin Boylorn

Edited by Brittany Young

References

https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1993/morrison/lecture/

https://www.crunkfheministcollective.com/2012/07/02/blue-eyed-jazz-love-3-blackgirl-lessons-i-learned-from-toni-morrison/?fbclid=IwAR10e76-l9Pex6sTbJkYHRh29PYbNpeJ9rUb1lfC_6WZSAD09U8tKFR6-Iw

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/21/making-america-white-again

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/19/what-toni-morrison-understood-about-hate

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/09/opinion/roxane-gay-toni-morrison.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mass-shootings-2019-more-mass-shootings-than-days-so-far-this-year/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/06/books/photos-of-toni-morrison.html?fbclid=IwAR3aCBKTyEF3rG7BW7IK0YHeq0YoBbRdjVDlRqgBgrpCLWarGUkhIBqpIvM

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-fight-the-new-domestic-terrorism-11565363219