I hone in on black girls because there is an alarmingly higher rate of sexual abuse of black women. According to the Bureau of Justice, 60% of black girls are sexually abused. In addition, there is a code of silence in the black community that continues to haunt us today. We don't like to talk about abuse. We rather sweep it under the rug and pretend it did not happen.
I’m shocked and disappointed that I did not discover Toni Morrison, an American novelist until my sophomore year of college. How is that possible, especially with the novel and movie, Beloved, one of her most notable work. The first book I read from her was The Bluest Eye. Immediately, I was in awe with how real, and how genuine she was. [...]