An intriquing dialouge has emerged on rape and slavery. Nearly a month ago, Gawker revealed that commentator Touré tweeted a series of comments praising raped slaves for seducing their white masters. The now removed tweets said:
“Many, many, many of our great grandmothers were raped in slavery. But surely a few of them were loved and surely some… were cunning and brilliant enough to use their bodies to gain liberation thus fooling massa. Of course most were raped, we know that, but some were sharp enough to trade that good-good for status or liberation. They are absolutely not hos. They’re sexually heroic. They’re self-liberating by any means necessary.”
Yesterday, The Root’s Natalie Hopkinson tapped writer, Dolen Perkins-Valdez who recently published the historic novel, Wench. Perkins-Valdez offers a much needed historical accurracy on alleged promiscuous female slaves. “During slavery, black women were portrayed as seducing men. The ‘wenches’ were so sexual that the white men couldn’t resist them. The author continues, “The use of the phrase “good-good” objectifies women in the same way that slavery objectified women. It reinforces that idea that women were just bodies to be used in any way.”
Wench, Perkins-Valdez’s debut novel explores a complex and oblivious part of slavery. The story follows the lives of four women at a resort among popular slaveholders who bring their enslaved mistresses.
After being called out by the blog, What About Our Daughters, MSNBC, who employs Toure as a part-time contributer recently released a statement distancing the network from his comments.
Although Touré reportedly apologized, perhaps he will think twice the next time he tweets about a history he clearly has no idea about.