Toni Morrison on her latest novel “Home,” which chronicles the story of soldier Frank Money, who returns home after his service in the Korean War only to be greeted with both the institutional and casual realities of daily prejudice.
“Within moments of arriving, we were beckoned out by some soldiers. We thought we were under arrest. It was a confused picture. Then a firefight ensued. So, we took cover in a building, and I discovered that close to where we had taken cover, there was a blanket on the ground.
I pulled the blanket off. And it revealed a man way past fighting age, I would say at least 75, 80 years old, who had been shot in the head, gunshot wound to the head, which — I’m not a pathologist, but it looked like the reason of death for him.
I reached for a blanket, giving him whatever dignity I could in that situation, and went into the next room essentially to escape the gunfire. And there, there was the body of — another blanket was laid out on the floor. Under that, I found the body of a little girl probably 5 or 6 years old, no more than that. And she had a gunshot wound in her chest.
This is only a small part of what has happened in Houla. And these bodies will not yet have been discovered by the United Nations.”