Comedienne Leslie Jones of Saturday Night Live has brought a lot of hell down on herself with the skit she performed this past Saturday, May 3, 2014, on NBC’s SNL, as discussed in the following The Root article here.
Three things come to mind after viewing what she said:
“But back in the slave days, my love life would have been better,” Jones said.”
…..during slavery (and why does no one [comics, et. al.] acknowledge Reconstruction and segregation?) all of the following would have been something Ms. Jones would have looked forward to:
I live in the 21ST Century and in no way would I compare what Black women who suffered through slavery, the destruction of Reconstruction, and Jane Crow neo-slavery/segregation as a “love life”.
A love life involves someone giving a damn about your humanity. Someone who would not spit on, defecate on, or urinate on your humanity and womanhood.
As for popping up babies for Massa and Missus, those children would not have been hers. Their births would have damned them to a living hell.
Black women had such great love lives back then.
It was a non-stop love fest: rape; incest (White fathers raping their own Black/bi-racial daughters); beatings and mutilations by the White slave mistress; malnutrition; worked to death; pregnancies every year to where the enslaved Black women’s bodies suffered from horrific gynecological terrors (hey, ask Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsy):
That is just naming a few of the “dating scenes” so many, many Black women endured.
Every woman should be loved so much.