Thursday, December 6, 2007

Please remember Sara

The video says it all.


Shelly said...

Wow. Tammy I am choking back the tears as I write this... That video has surely rocked me to my core. Don't know what else to say... apart from... Thank You. Thank you Tammy for sharing this one. Thank you to my ancestors who endured untold pain and humiliation so that I may live a life of comfort and greater personal enlightenment. Thank you God for the many blessings of my life and the will and intelligence to honour that with everything I do.

Shelly said...

I have linked to this post from my page, Tami. Here's to not forgetting Sara and all the other countless women throughout history with a similar story.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Hi Tami,

I saw this post yesterday but I had to turn away from it. I know the sad story of Sara very well. Her story makes me think of all the Black women who suffered like this that we don't know about.

Even now while writing this my eyes are welling. The amazing thing about knowing the history of the treatment of Black women is that you can see the direct line from then until now. Isn't it the same sort of putting Black women on display that we see in hip hop music vids?

The abuse of Sara lives on in the lives of people like Karrine Steffans and other video girls. Sure some say they have free choice so it's different but do they really?


Tami said...


You know everyone stresses math and science to today's students. Those are the disciplines they say you need to know, above any others, to excel in modern society. More and more, I disagree. It is knowing history that is our salvation. (Hmmm... sounds like a blog post.)

I knew the story of Sara Baartman, but not the WHOLE story. I didn't know how long her humiliation was or how she died. If more of us remembered Sara, how would that change the way we carry ourselves and what we allow others to do to us.

Birdsword said...

wow, this is a very powerful video post. I am glad I came across your blog and learned about Sara Baartman.The video proves the point how history/herstory is so important and too often forgotten.

Sibongile said...

Being a Black South African woman , the land where Sarah was abducted from ,this story is very close to my heart. It brings back memories about the history of our ancestors being enslaved and abused. It's really sad that today's generation don't really know where we come from, if they did then they probably wouldn't make certain choices.Thami thank you for helping us not to forget.

RMJ said...

Wow. Just, wow. I gasped aloud when the narrator mentioned her age at her death. Thanks for sharing.

karinova said...

Wow. That was incredible.
I knew every single detail of Sara Baartman's life and sad death, but I gasped at the bit naming her one of the "first video vixens"! I literally had to back that up and listen to it again. She was. That never occurred to me.

And it was "for the entertainment of white people.

Plus ├ža change, plus c'est la meme chose.


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