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.
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.
The smile was an intentional tactic by colonisers.
I'm turning my footage into a documentary but here is Dr Pilgrim speaking about 'the smiling.'
Grace Nichols wrote a poem called 'Skin Teeth' (a Caribbean idiom which means grimace or threatening smile)
she says: "not every skin-teeth is a smile Massa"
Lets unpick this!
Mammy, like Africa, had her children stripped from her, umbilical cord connected to Europe.
Mother Africa, like Mammy, was violently violated by Europe!!!
Mammy was like a surrogate mother to white children. The Caribbean became surrogate mother to African peoples.
Few even know slavery existed in the Caribbean, though working conditions/punishments for plantation slaves were the worst in the world!!