Afua Hirsch in her book, Brit(ish) writes that Toni Morrison gave a speech in 1975 saying:
'It's important to know ... the very serious distraction of racism, which is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining over and over again your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend 20 years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn't shaped right, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, and so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is neccessary. There will always be one more thing.'
Q. Where did she gave this speech on the pervasive aspects of racism and to which audience?