Kathleen Collins' use of the tragic mulatto trope subverts its racist origins and exposes the true tragedy of being other in America.
“She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see” - Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
I thought but for black women enslaved to have a child that you were responsible for that was really yours, that was really freedom. - Toni Morrison