Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison penned an essay this week arguing that President-elect Donald Trump was elected because Americans are terrified of the “collapse of white privilege.”
In her piece for the New Yorker titled, “Mourning For Whiteness,” Ms. Morrison claimed the United States is unique in that it “holds whiteness as the unifying force” among its citizens.
“Here, for many people, the definition of ‘Americanness’ is color,” she wrote. “Under slave laws, the necessity for color rankings was obvious, but in America today, post-civil-rights legislation, white people’s conviction of their natural superiority is being lost. Rapidly lost. There are ‘people of color’ everywhere, threatening to erase this long-understood definition of America.
“In order to limit the possibility of this untenable change, and restore whiteness to its former status as a marker of national identity, a number of white Americans are sacrificing themselves,” she continued….
Ms. Morrison, 85, went on to highlight the police-involved shootings of black men across the country.