Saturday, August 10, 2019

"We lost a national treasure this week”

Those were the words of President Obama as he mourned the loss of Toni Morrison who died this past week at the age of 88.    He went on to say that "her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful, a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy."

His use of the word "empathy" made me realize how litle we see of it since he's been replaced. Toni Morrisons amazing acceptance speech in 1993 when she was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize spoke of the power of words and one line seems eerily to fit what is happening today.  She said, "Oppressive language does more than represent violence, it is violence."


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Before America lost its mind.

2:04 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

She was one spectacular woman.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

I am such a klutz … by mistake I deleted remarks by Marie and NCmountainwoman. They both agreed that she was a treasure.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I agree that Toni Morrison and before her Maya Angela were definitely treasures we have lost. But then we have lost so many in recent years, inckuding ones who have not passed.

5:03 AM  
Blogger Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

from my Friend Jan:

You know how I feel about Toni Morrison. What a writer! How fortunate I am to have found her work!
We have lost 2 of the world's greatest writers in recent years - Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. Geniuses.

1:40 PM  

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