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Enslaved Women Were Not Mistresses...They Were Victims Of Rape!

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Comment by Bilal Mahmud المكافح المخلص on June 10, 2019 at 5:01pm

In the black community, many different opinions abound regarding the usefulness of Black History Month. For some, it is viewed as a necessary and critical tool for cultural celebration and propagating the importance of our collective historical achievements, which otherwise would go unnoticed. For others, it feels like a reductive display of forced lip service conducted during the shortest and coldest month of the year, in lieu of providing us with a more sustained and inclusive role in the everyday curriculum. But what we all can agree on is that presenting our history in a wholly accurate and factual manner delivered with the correct context is of the utmost importance, which is why we react so strongly to inaccurate and/or misrepresentative claims.

That irritation was inflamed this past weekend when The Washington Post published an article about a restoration that would be occurring at Monticello, the plantation of America's third president, Thomas Jefferson, which is operated as a museum. The restoration to be completed will involve unmasking a bathroom installed in 1941 just steps from Jefferson's bedroom to reveal what the room really was: Sally Hemings's bedroom.

Jefferson owned many slaves at Monticello, but Hemings has received the most attention because she is believed to have mothered at least six of his children. This fact led The Washington Post to use the word "mistress" in the title of its article (which has now been changed) and its tweet regarding the article.

A slave cannot be a mistress. This is not an "alternative fact" but rather the objective reality of being dominated, dehumanized, and disenfranchised against your will. As we collectively aim to have black history given the weight and appreciation it's due, let us resolve to ensure that this historical discrepancies are straightened out, corrected, and handed down to future generations with a proper frame of reference. Let's do better.

Full article:  https://www.teenvogue.com/story/the-washington-post-thomas-jefferso...

Comment by Bilal Mahmud المكافح المخلص on June 10, 2019 at 5:17pm
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Comment by Bilal Mahmud المكافح المخلص on June 24, 2019 at 12:09pm

Sarah “Sally” Hemings was a slave owned by President Thomas Jefferson through an inheritance of his wife, Martha Jefferson.

Comment by Bilal Mahmud المكافح المخلص on June 24, 2019 at 12:10pm

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