Watch Toni Morrison Drop Knowledge on Stephen Colbert

Author Toni Morrison talks to host Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.

On Wednesday, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison appeared on The Colbert Report. With her thoughtful and acerbic wit, she successfully broke down race and racism in our society.

Morrison and host Stephen Colbert jokingly agreed that since President Barack Obama was an admirer of hers, they could consider calling the Obamacare health insurance law “Toni-care.” She laughed along when Colbert—in character—said, “I don’t see race, I don’t even see my own. People tell me I’m white, and I believe them, because I haven’t read any of your books.”


Morrison also let Colbert know that she didn’t want to be labeled an African-American writer. When he asked her how she’d prefer to be known, she replied, “As an American writer.”

She later explained, “There’s no such thing as race. Racism is a construct. A social construct.”

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