I can’t believe my first ever Black female hero, Harriet Tubman, was defamed by Russell Simmons. Harriet Tubman is a big hero of the African’s history in American slavery. We need to tell their story not so we won’t forget but for everyone to remember. I love Russell Simmons’ work and his commentaries on certain subjects like “Don Lemon” so I’m befuddled by the Harriet Tubman sex tape. WTF??!? Are we turning into a Black society that takes sacred historical figures and use them for song and comedy? I hope not. Does he know what this woman has done to earn her place history?
Harriet Tubman was born a slave in Dorchester County, MD in 1820. . Her master rented her out at various times of her young life starting at the age of 5 years old. At the age of 12 years old she was hit in the head with a by a white overseer for refusing to assist in tying up a man who had attempted to escape. Since this incident Harriet suffered black outs that happened unexpectedly for the rest of her life. In December 1860, she made her last rescue trip to Maryland, bringing seven people to Canada. In the ten years she worked as a “conductor” on the Railroad, Harriet managed to rescue over 300 people. She had made 19 trips and never lost a passenger on the way. She also rescued her elderly parents and got them to Canada. So, I’m truly befuddled as to why someone would think it was a good idea to do a derogatory comedy skit about an awesome heroine.
Simmons’ apologized for his indiscretion. I say thanks for the apology but I got one eye on you now!