The Rape of the Negro Woman, 1632
appropriate title. Trans Atlantic Slavery began 1444.—-1619 British slavery in the colony began. 1863 Emancipation Proclamation issued. slavery officially ended for American blacks in 1945. (Using the U.S. because that’s the time frame I know best not for erasure)
Anyone who wants me to get over it can get over dees nuts!
Trans-Atlantic Slavery= A LONG MOtherfucking time.
Also why it is important that every black person watch Goodbye Uncle Tom http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3766149445318503265
yes it is about American slaves, but the treatment of the slaves is the focus. You may cringe, you may cry, you may not be able to watch it in its entirety but You need to. period. Because if slavery seems unreal to you that movie will bring it to life for you.
For anyone looking to read more in depth critiques of this Christiaen van Couwenbergh painting (actually titled Three White Men With A Negro Woman) & the phenomenon of rape being presented as heroism in art there’s this review on JSTOR of Diane Wolfthal’s Images of Rape: the “heroic” tradition and its alternatives
The painting is still on display Musée des Beaux-Arts Strasbourg, France and as you see in the JSTOR article has been described in the recent past as intriguing & comical. Personally, I find the difference in the depiction of the white men & the black woman to be about what I’d expect. She’s an object to them & to the viewer with very little attention paid to the details of her face. The men are the important people in the tableau after all. They’re having fun, and whatever has happened to her or is about to happen to her isn’t at all important as long as they enjoyed their bit of sport. This wasn’t rape by their lights since she couldn’t be raped. Anyone who wants to say this long over & no one thinks this way anymore should spend more time outside & less time with their head up their ass.