Sally Hemings Part 1
Updated: 3/29/2021
Sally Hemings Part 1

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  • One way to combat antiblackness and engage in study is by learning the actual U.S. history, like the truth about life on the plantation from the perspectives of the enslaved who built this country.
  • Because ultimately, "American history is Black history."
  • Well, it's not just in the past. History is cyclical, and slavery has many repercussions which persist today. Antiblackness is what allowed slavery to happen in the first place, and when it was abolished, antiblack racism did not simply disappear. Therefore, treating spaces, like a plantation, as though it has, only perpetuates the notion that the past is in the past, and America has moved on. It has not.
  • Okay, so Black people played a crucial role in U.S. history, but why can't I come to a plantation for a relaxing vacation if we acknowledge this past?
  • To quote Gillian Brockell, "For those who may prefer a fuzzier, less accurate portrayal of plantation life, "Gone with the Wind" is streaming on Amazon for $3.99 – a low price but still higher than the average slave's wage, which was $0
  • I hope you all understand why these truths must be told at these plantations, and how the hidden history is a result of antiblackness, which prevents us from understanding slavery as we do the Holocaust.
  • So, you would all agree that the Holocaust was a terrible thing that should never have happened right?
  • Well of course...countless people died for nothing. It is a terrible shame.
  • It's absolutely horrific! Makes me so sad and disgusted just thinking about it!
  • Why would anyone want that?
  • Obviously not, that would be awful!
  • And I assume none of you would go to visit a concentration camp wanting to be treated like those who were imprisoned?
  • We would probably learn the stories of those who lost their lives and the survivors of the Holocaust.
  • Also, who would you expect to learn more about if you were to take a tour of a concentration camp?