from Black Star – Thieves in the Night Lyrics on Rap Genius


A tweaked allusion to the Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye where the main character, a little black girl, constantly wishes she had blue eyes because she believes that once she has them, like the white girls she sees in the movies, she will finally be beautiful and happy.

In the album’s liner notes, Kweli explains that the paragraph from Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (below) “struck me as one of the truest critiques of our society, and I read that in high school when I was 15 years old. I think it is especially true in the world of hip hop, because we get blinded by these illusions.”

The original version goes as below.

And fantasy it was, for we were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good but well-behaved. We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life. — Toni Morrison

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