Bed wench slavery
Gad Heuman and James Walvinthe authors of Family, Gender and Communityhave pointed out: "The patterns of African enforced migrations and settlement were basic to the development of the slave family and society. In a world where African men outed African women, not surprisingly, slave reproduction was low.
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The "Negro bed wench mentality," while still implicitly sexual in name, no longer requires a Black woman to have sexual contact with a White person to manifest.
Now, though history has taught us that most enslaved African women were appropriately horrified at the idea of sexual contact with their enslavers and presumably all White menbut some, Nasheed asserts, embraced this role and all the comparative privileges it brought.
According to Nasheed, the "Negro bed wench" was formerly an enslaved Black woman on one of the plantations of old whose specific function was to have sex with the plantation's White owner, her master. Margena A. Black Enterprise.
Last Name. Fiercely independent and unquestionably fabulous, the ONLY thing Pope's character has in common with an enslaved woman is sexual contact with a White man…but apparently, that's all she needs.
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THE Serena Williams— whose mere presence with her sister on once lily-White tennis courts the world over had dealt institutional White supremacy a blow from which it may never recover—was suddenly slapped with this ugly, ugly label. There, Nasheed explains both what he says a Negro bed wench was back during slavery, and how this mentality translates to contemporary Black women— specifically a few sisters that he said he had encountered recently while a guest on a radio show promoting his work.
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That was until a few weeks ago, when a tweet in my feed linked to a Facebook where someone had accused world-renowned tennis champion Serena Williams of "Negro bed wench" aspirations. Her crime: dating a White dude.
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Intrigued, I did a quick search on Google, and found a link to a talk radio website managed by author and lecturer Tariq Nasheed, who as far as I can tell originally coined this phrase. We've come too far, at the expense of the lives of our ancestors, to stoop to this nonsense.
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These are discussions filled with hyperbole, false equivalencies, and logical pitfalls. Nasheed and I have different world views and politics, but to each their own. Invoking something as somber and tragic as slavery to do it, while also nothing new, is shameful.
Having satisfied my curiosity and cracked wise about it in some tweetsI concluded that these terms were hugely problematic, but definitely on the fringe, and went on with my life. According to Nasheed, she's the Black female counterpart to the "Uncle Tom. Read about that here.
Even fictional characters weren't out of bounds: Scandal lead Olivia Pope is considered by many to be the epitome of the Negro bed wench. All Rights Reserved.
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October 11, Tags kerry washington serena williams slavery tariq nasheed women's rights. Challenging Black patriarchy was never the same as actively working to uphold White supremacy, but what would this discussion be without a false equivalency?
Our commitment to showcasing the best and brightest as well as highlighting disparities in Black life has been, and will always be, cornerstone to EBONY. The contemporary "Negro bed wench mentality," therefore, is displayed when a Black woman—suffering from "Stockholm Syndrome", according to Nasheed— accepts and even acts to further White supremacy.
The episode itself is over an hour long, so if you're curious, feel free to Google away. See Also Fear of a Black Landowner.
You read right. Controlling Black women's behavior through name-calling and shaming is nothing new. In the exchange I observed, a Black man or someone representing himself as oneused this phrase as an insult towards a Black woman that I follow.
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