"The Breedlove´s did not live in a storefront because they were having temporary difficulties adjusting to the cutbacks at the plant. They lived there because they were poor and black, and they stayed there because they believed they were ugly" (The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison, page 38).
Toni Morrison has portrayed in a very special way an specific social group all allong the novel (as you saw on the quote), this specific group is very related to Morrison, That´s why many other writers admire Morrison, by her hability to describe the background on her novels.
The social group/class described in the novel is the african american middle-low class which is represented by the main character family.
Morrison is able to write about this reality because she came from a working class family of 4 children, living her life in a very similar way to the one presented on the book. On the following essay,