In the article we read for today, and the activity we did in class, we created ties between a multitude of important terms regarding the class/sex/gender/race system and it's ties to the abortifacients used. A main theme(not the only) we found was that slaves tended to use abortifacients in order to not have children that were "born into bondage." It also talked about women (and other slaves, surely) that would commit suicide and other extreme means to avoid being imprisoned any longer.
There is a book(turned into movie) called "Beloved", written by Toni Morrison and acted out by Oprah Winfrey. The book is about a freed slave named Sethe who escaped with all of her children and traveled to a free area. In this book, a mentally unstable, dirty(literally), young women comes to Sethe's door and Sethe takes her in as if she was her own child. In fact the new member even takes the name of the daughter that Sethe lost soon after gaining freedom.
The truth of this situation is that the "schoolmaster" came looking for Sethe's children in hopes of forcing them to come back to "Sweet Home"(the plantation they were slaves for). Sethe tries to escape the "schoolmaster" and ends up attempting to kill her children in order to "save" them from being brought back to the plantation. She succeeds in killing one, "Beloved".
I spent a while trying to locate the scene from the movie where Sethe flashes back to that scene, but after a while of searching to no avail, I accidentally stumbled upon this video.
I found this video appalling. The kids in the video are not only mocking the pain and suffering that took place during this time, but they are also degrading the situation itself. By putting this scene to an interpretive dance to a song like "Bad Romance", which (by analysis of the lyrics) is about a relationship gone wrong. The song is a tragic idea of the kind of relationship that Sethe had with her children, and the whole act is terrifying in way it shows what Sethe went through.
However, if you want to read the book or watch the movie...be prepared. It is a very moving story, and a very difficult read. The movie is overwhelming.
The question I meant to pose was this: How much desensitizing is too much? Obviously a little desensitizing is important in specific areas of life, such as a doctor not getting uncomfortable around blood, or disease, but when does desensitization exceed carrying capacity? Is what these kids did okay, because desensitization is just part of the game, or is it too much for the severity of the situation?