To separate herself in body, mind, and spirit from all that suggested Africa
To separate ones self from their blackness is a common phenomenon in The Bluest Eye. This separation takes place through ditching natural blackness, which is associated with Africa, and conforming to white society’s ideals of how a person should be. A keen example of ditching natural black ways in the novel is Geraldine.
Geraldine loses touch with her natural black body by straightening her hair and sucking in her butt. She loses touch with her natural mind and spirit by convincing herself that her natural blackness is undesirable and should be tamed. This kind of separation is what Soaphead Church is referring to when he asks his wife to lose touch with “all that suggested Africa”.
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