Have you ever heard of Sarah Baartman?

Sarah Baartman is a name that every black person should know. You wont hear about her too much in the mainstream media. And with good reason. Mainly because Sarah’s body was exploited,much like black women today in rap videos. It is really sick to watch at times. It’s hard to see my sisters looked upon as a piece of meat. And I don’t even want to mention what they do with black women in the porn industry. To call it degrading what be a vast understatement. A little history about Sarah:Sarah Baartman was born to a Khoisan family in the vicinity of the Gamtoos River in what is now the Eastern Cape of South Africa.She was orphaned in a commando raid. Saartjie, pronounced “Sahr-kee”, is the diminutive form of her name; in Afrikaans the use of the diminutive form commonly indicates familiarity, endearment or contempt. Her birth name is unknown.

Baartman was a slave of Dutch farmer named Peter Cezar near Cape Town, which had recently come under British control. Alexander Dunlop, a military surgeon with a sideline in supplying showmen in Britain with animal specimens, suggested she travel to England for exhibition. Lord Caledon, governor of the Cape, gave permission for the trip, but later regretted it after he fully learned the purpose of the trip. She left for London in 1810. Sarah was likewise uninformed of the true purpose of her trip. She was unaware that she would become an icon of racial inferiority and black female sexuality for the next 100 years. The above video is very well done and educational.

20 thoughts on “Have you ever heard of Sarah Baartman?

  1. Yes, This always broke my heart. The Hootentot Venus they called her. This poor woman suffered such indignities. And Ota Benga the pygmy they put on display in a cage. They had them at the zoo. I bet American history dosen’t want to talk about or remember this and many other atrocities done to our people. This is so shameful.

    • They treated her like an animal. Putting her in a zoo shows you how they really feel about us. I have been wanting to do a post on Benga as well. Both if their stories need to be known worldwide. Calling it shameful is an understatement. It’s disgusting and sick! They want to sweep this type of thing under the rug. But the truth always comes out.

  2. I read the fictional book Glorious by Bernice McFadden. She did a great job of writing fiction and inserting true black facts that happened in the history of this country. It’s hard to read because It’s so graphic. The horrors visited on black people in the early history of this country at the hands of racist whites. If you like fiction she is a good writer. But she dosen’t hold back in sugar coating the cruelty of the racist in this country.

  3. In Glorious she talks at Hootentot Venus and Ota Benga. Who committed suicide. The man probably couldn’t take being trated like an animal and decided death was better.

  4. I first heard about Sarah at an Ashra & Merira Kwesi lecture, it just makes me sick when I think of how they turned her into a circus animal. Us black women should learn from her instead of being busy trying to be the baddest bitch as if being any sort of bitch is something to be proud of.

    • I agree with you. It’s very sad what they did to Sarah. This sick society treats when like mere objects. As a man,I find it highly offensive. And I don’t like how sistas are treated in the media. It is very Sick!

  5. There is a book called Africans on Stage: Studies in Ethnological Show Business by Bernth Lindfors which details how displaying africans in cages became a business. From Amazons description:

    Ethnological show business—that is, the displaying of foreign peoples for commercial and/or educational purposes—has a very long history. In the 19th and
    20th centuries some of the most interesting individuals and groups exhibited in Europe and America came from Africa, or were said to come from Africa. African showpeople (real as well as counterfeit), managers and impresarios, and the audiences who came to gape are the featured attractions here—how they individually and in concert helped to shape Western perceptions of Africans.

    • Thanks a lot Alchemist. I never heard of that book. But I don’t doubt it one bit. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks,I appreciate your insightful input. And thanks for dropping by my blog.

  6. Thanks for posting this. The video was indeed educational but I have to say that I think the women who allow themselves to be exploited today do so for the same reason as the one the video provides for Sarah: a way out of the poverty and pain that so many of us grow up in. I don’t think it’s fair to solely blame black women for the way we are portrayed. Yes, we allow and consent to it with our participation, but we did not create the industry that created the demand for it and we certainly don’t run that industry. It hurts to see our beautiful women degraded and to see them encourage our little girls to do the same, but again, and as always, this system of sex, greed and corruption is what we should focus our energy on criticizing and tearing down. All else will fall in line.

    • Yeah I hear what you’re saying. It’s horrible the way they treated Sarah. It was truly demeaning and dehumanizing. I agree it has a lot to do with greed and corruption. But I do hate the way they depict sistas in the media.

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