Are you ready? Some of y’all about to be MAD AS HELL
Let’s talk about Sojourner Truth’s “PROBLEMATIC” quotes and allies.
First, a bit of background info:
ISABELLA BAUMFREE was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. BAUMFREE was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son in 1828, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man.
SALUTE TO HER for being a PIONEER in the fight for OUR FREEDOM. Now for the interesting parts:
White “Benefactors” changing speeches to affect “Southern slave” dialect patterns:
In 1851, Truth joined George Thompson, an abolitionist and speaker, on a lecture tour through central and western New York State. In May, she attended the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, where she delivered her famous extemporaneous speech on women’s rights, later known as “Ain’t I a Woman.”
The controversy involved: There are two versions of the speech, one transcribed by Rev. Marius Robinson, and the other by a WHITE SUFFRAGETTE named Frances Dana Barker Gage.
For some odd reason, Ms. Gage decided to add “Southern Slave” speech characteristics, and a new catchphrase…even though Ms. BAUMFREE was born and raised in Upper New York State, and only spoke that region’s variation of dutch until AGE 9. She never spent a significant amount of time in the south.
In Robinson’s transcription, she never even asked “Ain’t I a woman”.
Mrs Gage couldn’t even remember what happened at an event she was present for, writing up two different accounts (Via Wikipedia)
“Gage’s 1863 recollection of the convention conflicts with her own report directly after the convention: Gage wrote in 1851 that Akron in general and the press in particular were largely friendly to the woman’s rights convention, but in 1863 she wrote that the convention leaders were fearful of the “mobbish” opponents.Other eyewitness reports of Truth’s speech told a calm story, one where all faces were “beaming with joyous gladness” at the session where Truth spoke; that not “one discordant note” interrupted the harmony of the proceedings. In contemporary reports, Truth was warmly received by the convention-goers, the majority of whom were long-standing abolitionists, friendly to progressive ideas of race and civil rights. In Gage’s 1863 version, Truth was met with hisses, with voices calling to prevent her from speaking.”
Is it Oochie Wally or One Mic, Mrs Gage? She wanted to push her WHITE women’s suffrage line so much that she used Black Pain as a springboard for her platform. #THEPATTERN of outside influence, manipulation, and misandry INTERSECT here, ironically.
Imagine being DEHUMANIZED and SENSATIONALIZED by a benefactor for clout. Doesn’t that sound familiar?
History repeats itself in other ways as well, especially in regards to anti black misandry.
This is Ms. Baumfree’s (Truth) reaction to the attainment of (unenforced) Negro Suffrage:
“There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women; and if colored men get their rights and not colored women theirs, you see the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as bad as it was before.”
“White women are a great deal smarter, and know more than colored women, while colored women do not know scarcely anything. They go out washing, which is about as high as a colored woman gets, and their men go about idle, strutting up and down; and when the women come home, they ask for their money and take it all, and then scold you because there is no food.”
Who wrote those bars? She didn’t have this type of energy when she was trying to free her son, and an unenforceable right is de-facto nonexistent. What was this really about? Why was her speech recorded 13 years later by a white woman, and why was that record contrary to her own initial account?
Don’t mind us, just peeling back some layers.
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