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Visiting the Whitney Plantation/Slavery Museum – A Whole Lotta Nothing
"It’s fascinating to think how all of this history could be so easily forgotten, due to how little records were kept. The Whitney plantation has records on their slaves due to a variety of unusual circumstances. There was a lawsuit between two descendants of the family fighting over their fortune in the 1800s that introduced all their slave record keeping as evidence in the case. The children who died were recorded in church documents for their parish. The WPA did first person interviews in the 1930s with former slaves (who were all in their 80s and 90s) and recorded their stories of being children at the Whitney Plantation. Without any of these, details are forgotten and 200 years does a lot to soften memories. It’s abhorrent that we don’t have museums dedicated to this subject all over the country. Or that the first one in America opened in 2014."
matt_haughey  mathowie  wholelottanothing.org  2018  2010s  19th_century  18th_century  slavery  plantation  history  america  louisiana  whitney  museum  photo  trip  horror  racism  society  2014 
november 2018 by cluebucket
NBC's "Whitney" and CBS' "2 Broke Girls" : The New Yorker
"The problem is that 'Whitney' is a terrible show, though in ways that resonate with our culture’s debates about women and humor..."

"...Women are conniving and dull. The show feels startlingly retro and cruel... Yet in later episodes of 'Whitney' the mood becomes less caustic (you can practically hear the network notes), which only makes things worse. Whitney’s boyfriend calls her his 'best friend,' the audience awws, and the show, which has so little heart, loses even its cold, dark soul, as Whitney morphs from Lucy into Harriet, the patient and boring wife."
2011  2010s  nbc  tv  review  writing  newyorker  emily_nussbaum  whitney  two_broke_girls  whitney_cummings  cbs  sitcom  comedy  criticism  culture  women  feminism  comedian  wtf_pod  marc_maron  lucille_ball  sarah_silverman  racism  sexism  double_standard  liz_lemon  21st_century 
december 2011 by cluebucket

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