"Sweetness" is a short story written by Toni Morrison in 2015. Toni Morrison is an African American Nobel Prize-winning novelist born on February 18, 1931, and one of her most known works, the short story "sweetness".
"sweetness" is about the difficulty of being a single mother having to raise a black child where racism, prejudices, segregated areas, and oppression of the colored are a normality in society in the nineties, while also learning to see past skin color herself.
The mother is now a 63-year-old woman who's too young for pasture but came down with creeping bone disease.
the relationship between the mother and daughter isn’t the best. In the beginning, we get to know that the light-skinned African American mother is repelled by her daughters' dark skin "It's not my fault.
So, you can't blame me. I didn't do it and have no idea how it happened. (…)" something was wrong. really Wrong. She was so black she scared me.
Midnight black, Sudanese black.” (line 1-3) "I hate to say it, but from the very beginning in the maternity ward the baby, Lula Ann, embarrassed me." (line 32-33).