"I don’t think that my work is actually effectively dealing with history. I think of my work as subsumed by history or consumed by history." —Kara Walker
New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: An in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project for Creative Time, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY.
I don’t live in NY and didn’t get to view the exhibit in person; this short film above is good. I was sorry to hear that some Black people who saw the exhibit had to wade through anti-Blackness and other ignorance being said/done while viewing the exhibit and/or felt triggered. However, others have told me that they’re glad they saw the exhibit. Kinda been talking to some Black women off and on about their feelings on it, if they saw it in person. I don’t know if I could considering the stressfulness of just seeing 12 Years A Slave in a mixed race crowd theatre and dealing with laughter and inappropriateness; can’t imagine how I would navigate being at such an exhibit then.
“It didn’t surprise me that folk couldn’t see depth into what Sweet Brown was saying and opted for black-face performances instead. Academics/scholars who imagine themselves to study language or rhetoric don’t do much better either. They too, and proudly so, take a white framework and simply apply that to black lives and act as if they have created anything other than the same kind of blackface caricature of the likes of those offensive memes about Sweet Brown. The vocabularies may be different, but the end results are the same. My representations and USE of black language here simply don’t come from an application of white theorists’ claims from over a half century ago. I am not suggesting that black scholars not use white theorists, since that would be stupid [sic.]. But I have also never forgotten Professor Sylvia Wynter’s warning either: that when you borrow and inform yourself, you must ALWAYS notice when race as an overarching sociogenic code of our present episteme is untheorizable/unseeable in a scholar’s work. I like to use Black Rhetoric to understand those kinds of academic slippages and the slippin’ and slidin’ that academics do in the context of whiteness: I ain’t got no time for that.”
Did you know that George Washington Carver, the master scientist, was physically castrated at a very young age by his White plantation owners?
Back male slaves that were assigned to work in their master’s house were often castrated. Although it was the white slave owner that were raping their black slaves (males, females and children ) they —with an absurd degree of hypocrisy —believed that black males were sexual deviant that could not control their sexual urges. The slave owners therefor believe that such castration of innocent Black boys was necessary to protect their daughters and wife from their slaves.
The fact that Carver was castrated at an early age explains why his voice tone was so high. Carver voice tone was so high because his male hormones were never able to kick in. Male hormones (depending on the person) usually kick in between the ages of 9-16 years old.
That is a wide range of years. After the male hormones kick in, it causes your voice to naturally become deeper with more of a base tone.
A person castrated before puberty almost never displays any secondary sexual characteristics.
This is also the reason why George Washington Carver never had any children. I am sure that the physical castration may also be the reason why Carver never married.
Physical castration means that you cannot have sexual relations with anyone. There is not even an urge or desire to have sexual relationships after castration.
Black people we have been given a revamped “whitewashed” version of history. A version that make whites appear less historically inhumane by hiding the true brutality of how they have treated we blacks throughout history.
Black people conduct your own research and learn our true history.
I never knew this. White people are scum. Like why in the hell do they even exist seriously? They’re the primary reason the world is so fucked up. There’s no disputing that. It’s fact.
No, but seriously, one of my absolute favorite things about Usagi is how expressive she is. She’s so bubbly, and full of life, and she’s a major cry baby, and a dork, and super clumsy, and how did they just totally strip her of her facial expressions in Sailor Moon Crystal??