I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth
So something JUST occurred to me. Initially, I’d thought Prince Naveen being European (actually, Mediterranean… I googled him & he’s from “the land of Macedonia” which I assume to be the one in Greece?) could be a positive thing… reinforcing to little girls that black women are beautiful, period… not just beautiful to black men. But just now, as I was writing about something else, I made a connection I wish I hadn’t.
Could someone PLEASE teach the peeps at Disney (and Mattel) to use Google? PLEASE?!?!?!
In another blog about the denial of a marriage license to an interracial couple, there was a reference to Louisiana being the birthplace of placage. I thought, “Oh, yeah… I totally forgot about that. What a friggin’ moron” (regarding the JOP, not the blogger).
African women soon became the concubines of white male colonists, who were sometimes the younger sons of noblemen, military men, plantation owners, merchants and administrators. (There was a particular precedent they came to follow from Saint Domingue, where the French carefully chose their consorts, eventually producing such devastatingly exotic and beautiful women that they were called Les Sirènes or the sirens.) So it became acceptable behavior for a white man to take a slave as young as twelve as a lover. And possession over time had a way of changing the original premise of a relationship. When the women produced children, they were sometimes emancipated along with their children, and were allowed to assume the surnames of their fathers and lovers. When Creole men reached an age when they were expected to marry, some were content to keep their relationships with their placées. Thus, a wealthy white Creole man could possess not just one, but two (or more) families. One with a white woman to whom he was legally married, and the other with a light-skinned Creole woman of color, a placée, who was faithful to him until death. Their mixed-race children became the nucleus of the class of free people of color or gens de couleur in Louisiana, to be replenished with waves of refugees and immigrants from Haiti and other Francophone colonies. The descendants of the gens de couleur also constituted a part of what later became known as the black middle class in the United States; however, most Creoles of color deem themselves as neither White nor black and constitute a nation within a nation.