This image displays ‘mammy’ as a women who puts the weight of the world on her shoulders. Without her, the world can’t revolve or run smoothly. Just like in slave times, mammy tends to the kitchen, the kids, and the house to keep things in order. Often times people (of the black twitter community) referer to the best cooks as larger brown skin women, placing them as a role of the cook, or servant for the holidays. In this case there is kind of an equivalent to the male role when it comes to cooking. There’s also a saying that if the man at the grill is not wearing a certain type of sandal then the BBQ won’t be good. Although, the saying isn’t really about the mans body, more so about his attire.
This image keeps the stereotype alive that black women are sassy and ghetto. Using what some would call ‘slang’ is meant to keep the belief alive that black women are not educated, increasing the idea that we are not able to make serious decisions for ourselves or others due to the lack of education we attain. This also reiterates the mammy meme because she is feeding the little child that is clearly not hers.
This goes without saying why it is offensive and terrible for the women in the black community. This falls under the hypersexulization of black women. One because its bringing up how slave owners had fetishes for defenseless slaves and two because it is putting the idea out there that black women love anal sex. It makes us seem as if we are some sexual deviants that want these acts done to us, whether they are done by force by slave master, or now a days – police officers.
Again, hypersexualization of the black woman. Here, her life only matters because she is ‘thick.’ Her black life only matters because she has a nice waist. Still, the mindset of slave masters linger on decades later. The slave owners did not care about the black women’s lives but cared about their bodies enough to want to have their way with them. Again, degrading black women down to nothing but their bodies and what they have to offer. White men are not the only culprits. Black men do this too, and though they may not realize it, they enforce this type of mindset within the community, passing it along to friends and their children.
Keyondra Wilson is studying Applied Sociology at Old Dominion University. She is particularly interested in inequalities in race and social class. She works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Social Science Research Center at Old Dominion University. Her life goal is to someday own her own charity specializing in helping disadvantaged individuals and families. Her life motto is, “Don’t Survive. Thrive.”