Araminta Ross became a “slave for hire” at the age of 5. She did domestic work, field work, cared for children. She once said that one of her mistresses would savagely whip her almost every day, first thing in the AM. As a result, she would put on “all the thick clothes she could” to protect her body from the blows. When she was teenager, she stood before an overseer who was in pursuit of another slave. He took a lead weight & crashed it on her head. She was deeply wounded. She said that the blow “broke her skull.” She was carried back bleeding. She had no bed. They lay her on the floor. She was sent back to her parents who thought she would die. She survived. She went on to become Harriet Tubman. She freed slaves daringly & without fear. This is the person who [Russell Simmons] laughed at.
Respect Harriet’s legacy and the rebuke the attempts to make light of the sexual violence Black women experienced during slavery.
Sorry, forgot to mention that the characters in the game are all in positions of power (royalty, ambassadors, bankers, generals, the church..). He’s accepted that there were non-slave black people in Europe, but above that he’s a hard sell…
That’s not even close to true. Even if I exclude Black Kings from Adoration of the Magi paintings and specific mythical figures, here are a variety of portraits of historical figures and events, showing Black people who were in Medieval and Renaissance Italy and definitely not enslaved. I’ve tried to include a diverse range of occupations, date ranges, and lifestyles, and based on their clothing and other factors, whether the person depicted is working, middle, or upper class (a vast oversimplification for the Middle Ages and Renaissance, but more or less equivalent). There will be additional sources at the links.
THANK YOU for providing this! Awesome history