Consuming Sugar: Kara Walker’s Marvelous Sugar Baby

Sugar has been one of the world’s most desired commodities since the 19th century, when it went from being a luxury item to a product of mass consumption. The demand for sugar fueled the trade in human beings to cultivate it. Abolitionists, especially English protofeminists, deployed the term “blood sugar” to try to curb the […]

“Slave Rape” and the Story of Sukie

Early in the new year, a Black woman student at my university invited me to guest lecture for a special Black History Month event that would highlight the history of Black women. My heart leaped. “I would be delighted to participate,” I said. “What would you like me to discuss?” She was very specific: She […]