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How can Bride’s testimony against Sofia Huxley and Sweetness’s pride in it be related to reverse racism in Toni Morrison's God Help the Child?

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Bride’s testimony against Sofia Huxley and Sweetness’s pride in it can be related to reverse racism in Toni Morrison's God Help the Child because of the emphasis on Sofia’s skin color.

Reverse racism is a somewhat contentious concept that typically involves prejudice or discrimination against the dominant group in society. In a sense, marginalized people take the bigotry directed at them and redirect it to the majority.

In Morrison’s novel, it’s possible to claim Sweetness’s approval of Bride’s testimony against Sofia qualifies as reverse racism because of how Sweetness focuses on race. “It’s not often you see a little black girl take down some evil whites,” notes Sweetness. The quote indicates that it was fine Bride gave misleading testimony because she was Black and Sofia was white. What matters to Sweetness isn’t the truth but race.

By reducing Sofia to skin color, she arguably perpetuates a type of racism since Sofia’s white skin seems to replace her humanity. She’s not a person but an “evil” white. Since white people are seen as the privileged group who generate racism and aren’t typically on the receiving end of it, the rhetoric suggests reverse racism. Yet the fact that Sofia is vulnerable to the heinous charges indicates that white people aren’t invincible, and can suffer the same fates as historically marginalized people.

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