In this episode, we're looking at the three common historical myths regarding the white women involved in the enslavement of African people in the U.S.:
White women weren't legally able to participate in the slave trade
White women weren't physically strong enough to be slave masters
White women had "uniquely feminine" ways of managing enslaved people
We talk about where these myths came from and the evidence that exists to prove that they are bogus trash. Long and the short of it: white women were absolutely as capable as white men in being horrendous pieces of shit as active participants in enslaving human beings, and their "unique feminine ways" certainly didn't make them kinder. If anything, there was a more psychologically abusive and calculated form of enslavement carried out by white female slave owners. Another spoiler: slave mistresses were certainly not the only white women involved in the system of slavery. There's plenty of culpability to go around in the ways all white women supported and benefited from the system of enslavement. We're looking at you, Patty Cannon. Equally important to recognize—these same patterns of behavior and abuse exist in the actions of white women today and we ARE capable of stopping that if we commit to recognizing it and changing behavior.