- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison argued recently that she wouldn’t consider racism in America as resolved until she sees a police officer shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back.

“People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race,” the 84-year-old told The Telegraph in an interview published Sunday.

“This is the conversation: I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back,” Ms. Morrison said. “And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.”

She also spoke about the relationship between economics and racism.

“Race is the classification of a species,” she told The Telegraph. “And we are the human race, period. But the other thing — the hostility, the racism — is the money-maker. And it also has some emotional satisfaction for people who need it.

“They don’t stop and frisk on Wall Street, which is where they should really go,” she added.

Ms. Morrison won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for “Beloved” and the Nobel Prize in 1993. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

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