Embedded in the writing “Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves”, author and philanthropist Angela Davis details how the “myth of femininity” did not apply to the enslaved Black woman. Enslaved Black Women were not afforded the social benefits nor the physical attributes of femininity that socio gender roles granted white women during that era. Davis describes this particular experience as Black Women being forced into gender equality which meant that they were not shown any mercy nor was it expected of them to perform less than male slaves. Above all of this, she still regards the enslaved black woman as the “caretaker” on page 114. If the Enslaved woman in one lens is seen as equal to the Black slave men, but through another is still expected to perform her gender role, could this to be interpreted as a variation of the “Double Consciousness” explored by scholar W.E.B. Du Bois? Later in the essay, Davis begins to analyze the Black Woman’s role in resistance to slave society. In my opinion, her exposition of the Black woman combines her role as both the matriarch and as the historical caretaker. She concludes by reassuring her audience the importance of forging Black Women as the image of “supreme perseverance and heroic resistance”, Ms.Davis says. Present day, the exact opposite of what author Davis describes the Black Woman as is pushed through mainstream society and accepted as truth through the Black community. How can the interactions with the black woman be placed in today’s society in the same context as if it were the times of slavery?
Davis, Angela. “Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves.” The Massachusetts Review, vol. 13, no. 1/2, 1972, pp. 81–100. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/25088201.