In The Weight of Buddha, Saar retains her focus on race while
simultaneously returning to her early interest in spirituality. The
assemblage is an amalgam of Buddha, Aunt Jemima, Black Sambo—
a children’s book character drawn as a racist “pickaninny” caricature—
and a postal scale, which for Saar symbolizes justice. The
meditative, esoteric figure of Buddha, who is literally being weighed
on the scale, contrasts with the commonsense values ascribed to
Aunt Jemima (Mother Wit) and Black Sambo (Street Smarts).