Critics generally don’t associate Black people with ideas. They see marginal people; they see just another story about Black folks. They regard the whole thing as sociologically interesting perhaps, but very parochial. There’s a notion out in the land that there are human beings one writes about, and then there are Black people or Indians or some other marginal group. If you write about the world from that point of view, somehow it is considered lesser. We are people, not aliens. We live, we love, and we die.

Toni Morrison (via blackcontemporaryart)

Powerful quote; something I’ve thought about a lot regarding the truly insufficient and dehumanizing way that Black characters/Black literature/Black life is seen in the White Gaze.

(via gradientlair)