Published in National Foreign Language Resource Center: Celebrating Voices-- Past, Present, Future. 2016. 26-29. click to go to the journal 
            This is a literary and cultural analysis of Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye (1970). I look specifically at Pecola’s experience with Mr. Yacobowski, the scene where she asks for candy and is mis-seen by the white immigrant store owner. How he sees her affects how she sees herself. Morrison reveals how this mis-seeing gaze is a part of white supremacy's circuit of continued anti-blackness. ​​​​​​​
This scene also troubles GWF Hegel’s "process of recognition" by showing how Hegel’s process is truncated for Black girls in relation to white supremacists. My interpretation of Hegel suggests that how we come to know one another is through seeing and being one another. But Mr. Yacobowski sees Pecola and truncates the process by refusing to fully see her personhood and humanness. ​​​​​​​Going further, this scene shows how young Black girls are trained, through this process, to understand themselves by how they are defined by the white, dehumanizing gaze. ​​​​​​​
This essay participates in conversations of Black social death and "the gaze" of whiteness. 

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