Sunday, December 27, 2009

"Jerry Springer" Meets American History: "Thomas Jefferson Didn't Impregnate Sally Hemmings"

I am watching C-SPAN BookTV with author William Hyland Jr.
Mr Hyland penned the book "In Defense Of Thomas Jefferson".

He makes the case that "Thomas Jefferson is not the 'baby daddy' of Sally Hemmings children".


He says that while it is true that the DNA from the Hemmings' dependants shows that a "Jefferson male" indeed impregnated Hemmings.  The author says that it was Randall Jefferson that is the father, not Thomas.

He then goes on to list other books that defend his point:


In my view this is but a defense of ONE MAN.  Thus it misses the point. 

The indictment for the impregnation of Sally Hemmings is upon the entire system of the United States which forced her into the situation that she was in via duress.

Sally Hemmings had NO CHOICE in deciding the question of which man would sire her children.  Like an arranged marriage in its most brutal form - she was viewed under the law as "property". Her refusal to engage in such a relationship that was imposed upon her meant physical assault, selling of a beloved family member and/or her own death.

In my view it is totally irrelevant which individual man from the Jefferson family of more than 200 years ago ultimately injected his sperm cells into Sally Hemmings' womb to impregnate her.  It is the system that Thomas Jefferson and other "founding father's" documented and the approval of such by all of the Jefferson boys and the majority of other Americans that I find most contemptuous.  This is the issue that should be placed on trial.

Had Ms Hemmings had her choice she likely would have built up a relationship with a man of her own choosing who addressed her specific needs in a partnership.  They would have had and raised a child TOGETHER.  Instead we are left to debate who's sperm is the culprit.  The children that Ms Hemmings had with one of the "Jefferson boys" was NOT claimed as their own in full public view.   Thus their lower humanity was enforced by the perverted society that existed back then which would dare to inferiorize equal human creations from God.

This is merely a colonial version of "Maury" or "Jerry Springer" absent DNA paternity tests at the time.

4 comments:

BigmacInPittsburgh said...

I sometimes question the author choices of Book TV.Years ago it was a Sunday must for me,just like Meet The Press use to be.

dirtyblues said...

sally hemmings did have the choice as to whether to continue her 'multiple' pregnacies over her lifetime...

that hemmings was a slave is not a unique feature of early usa republic...

no human bondage is one of the consant of the history of the species...

just think...

in the 10000 to 15000 yrs of written human history...

human bondage has been considered an 'ethical/moral' sin for less than 200 of those tens of thousands of yrs

...priceless!!!

Constructive Feedback said...

[quote]sally hemmings did have the choice as to whether to continue her 'multiple' pregnacies over her lifetime...[/quote]

Virtual Blues:

You made the statement above but did not follow through with your argument to support it.

Sally Hemmings had no power to refuse the company of the White males who sought her attention for sexual purposes. This was how the system was set up for African-descended females of her kind at the time.

Again my main point is that these series of authors who's goal is to protect the "statesman" Thomas Jefferson from tawdry claims a la the "Maury" show. They failed to make note of the ultimate irrelevance of the actual individual who "mated" with her. It is the SYSTEM that "F'ed" her as she had no choice in the matter.

If she had a choice she likely would not even known any of these men - likely by mutual agreement.


Failing all of this, Virtual Blues, could you argue that a 23 year old WHITE WOMAN would be in her same place among these MARRIED men?

Anonymous said...

cf...

this critic's larger point...

is that it was not the usa culture that set up the system...

as you say...

was designed to sexually abuse negro ethnic females for the pleasure of...

certain 'white men'...

such systems are not unique to the usa...

but rather history shows time and time again...

females have been at the sexual whim of powerful males at all times of human development...

look at the way bet protrays negro females roles in the usa by the black street pirate class...

as nothing but 'human cumm' rags of one type or another

...priceless!!!