(Chasing after death, so we can call ourselves brave?)
In Morrison’s novel, the full sentence remixed here reads:
“We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life”
For the novelist, “courting after death” in part means to accept, as Black Star call it, “the law of the bluest eye”: white standards of beauty, family, whatever.
“Chasing after death,” of course, has a more literal meaning on the streets. But nonetheless, Morrison’s critique seems to still apply. I mean, who’s ultimately running this game, “creating crime rates to fill the new prisons they build”?
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