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.

  • coldcase

    @zora, many things are complicated but it does not change the dynamics of the enslavement and abuse and manipulation that was slavery. The fact that many men watched as their wives and children were raped did not mean they consented to a threesome or were peeping Tom’s. Sex does get complicated, but it need not be romanticized by naive journalists like Toure.

  • honee

    I will keep it real and state that right now I can’t post anything intelligent…I just wanna curse that fugly fool out…this isn’t the first time he has shown his ignorance toward black women…I think he is gay and is angry he can’t be a black woman…

    I don’t understand how his seemingly intelligent wife can lie down with him.

  • http://thehappygoluckybachelor.blogspot.com Clnmike

    “It can’t ever be completely consensual if someone owns you.”

    To me that is the bump in the road for me to agree with Toure.

    I do not find anything that he said to be factually incorrect and it seems to be naive to say that there were no women who used the only thing that they had, even if they didnt even own that out right, to make some type of advancement.

    But how “willing” a particpant or instigator a woman is in this is iffy when she is in chains.

    It’s an extra sensitive topic so emotions would cloud clear analysis.

    But one thing is for sure, given that he pulled this out of the air, then tried to say he didnt say it, then apologised for it, I would have to say that no Toure is not the number one fan of black women right now.

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