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So much engagement & questions, thank you all! 💛 I wanted to spend the most time speaking about Mammy as it's a hot topic right now #AuntJemima

But let me very briefly (1 sentence or 2) tell you about the other three images I'm researching. B4 I tell you about my activism work!
TW: sensitive content/abuse

The Jezebel Stereotype:

Inspired by name-sake in the biblical Book of Kings, Jezebel became the incarnated persona of Black women. It was a myth which legitimised/justified rape & other violent sexual derivaties.
The hyper-sexualisation of Black women by white colonial society, reinforced a racialised binary of womenhood (BW: 'lusty' & 'seductive', WW: 'pious' & 'pure')

This myth supported *false* claims that Black slave women were responsible for the horrific sexual abuse they endured.
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The Mammy stereotype.

Mammy is the cheerful and willing house-slave. This cheerfulness is depicted in films/novels, namely the main character #AuntJemima from 'Gone with the Wind.'

The Mammy was created to make people believe that slavery was good & the system benevolent.
Mammy is always depicted as round, dark, and desexualised. These physical traits were used as justification that White men could never want to r*pe Black women - such justification allowed them to get away with it.
Mammy (Mommy) was an image also used to distort Black motherhood.

Black slave children were forcibly removed from their mothers & sold to other white masters. The Mammy initiated the notion that BW were bad mothers to Black children & yet supreme "mothers" to white children.
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So today I'll be talking about 4 (of many) anti-black sterotypes/caricatures that were built to degrade the Black body & justify slavery/racism.

These images make up the four chapters of my PhD thesis: The Jezebel, The Mammy, The Mandingo Buck & The Sambo.

*Sensitive content*
#AuntJemima has been trending since yesterday, for the first time in my 1 year on Twitter! The Mammy stereotype is the chapter I am currently writing. I'll be back at 2:30pm to discuss postcolonialism & ecocriticism in Caribbean literature & my research on the Mammy.
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⚡️Remueven imagen de Aunt Jemima de las cajas de hot cakes, en un esfuerzo por “avanzar hacia la equidad racial”. Image
Conocidos en México como los hot cakes de “La Negrita”, la imagen de la afroamericana lleva en la caja desde 1889.
De hecho también le van a quitar el nombre, porque el personaje tiene origen racista, dice @Quaker, empresa dueña de la marca.
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