Burroughs Adding Machine

Social justice, arts and politics, life in New York City

Spike Lee Meets The Family Slaveowners

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The heart of Texas. A century after his ancestors were freed from slavery, Spike Lee meets his relatives. And not all of his family were slaves.

We know that our American slave history included the horrendous abuse and rape of slaves; the possibility of white and black Americans being related today is not a surprise. In Lee’s ancestry, we learn that his great-great-great grandmother, Mathilde, was a mulatto in the 1860’s. Mathilde worked in the plantation house of her slaveowners as a cook. As a mulatto, history indicates that Lee’s slave ancestor may have been the daughter of the white slaveowner.

Witnessing Spike Lee’s journey from his New York home to the deep South, I could not help but admire his life work: chronicling the African American experience in film. Do the Right Thing may be one of my favorite movies, and as a teenager growing up in the Midwest with little experience with non-Asian or non-White heritage, Lee’s groundbreaking film opened my eyes to the racism in the rest of America. I’ve always been impressed by Lee’s artistry, integrity, and commitment to fighting racism. His appearance last night on the television show, Who Do You Think You Are?, again shows his thoughtfulness and curiosity.

Advertisements

Filed under: ancestry, entertainment, family, , , , , , , , ,

Publications

BIOGRAPHY

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
August 2018
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Twitter

Error: Please make sure the Twitter account is public.

Visitor Map

Locations of Site Visitors

RSS Recent Posts from Towleroad

  • Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Investigated for $20 Million in Bank Fraud
    Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is under investigation for more than $20 million in loans he and his family obtained when he was making a name for himself as “taxi king” of New York City. Charges could be announced by the end of the mon… Read The post Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Investigated for $20 Million in Bank Fraud appeared first on Towleroad G […]
  • Sacha Baron Cohen Duped a Food Critic into Raving Over the Taste of Human Flesh: ‘It’s Melting on My Palette’ – WATCH
    Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest foray into the art of pranksterism involved posing as Rick Sherman, a gourmet chef who made his name training in the kitchen of a maximum security prison. His cuisine had some interesting touches, and international fo… Read The post Sacha Baron Cohen Duped a Food Critic into Raving Over the Taste of Human Flesh: ‘It’s Melting on My […]
  • Nob Hill Theatre, SF’s Iconic Gay Strip Club, Closes Today After 50 Years
    The Nob Hill Theatre, San Francisco’s last gay strip club, closes its doors on Sunday, ending an era.   The SF Chronicle reports: ‘In many ways, Nob Hill Theatre, which closed Sunday, Aug. 19, after 50 years in business, was a relic,… Read The post Nob Hill Theatre, SF’s Iconic Gay Strip Club, Closes Today After 50 Years appeared first on Towleroad Gay News. […]
  • First Male NFL Cheerleader Makes Historic Debut: WATCH
    Jesse Hernandez made history on Friday night as he took the field for the New Orleans Saints Saintsations dance squad. He’s one of three male NFL cheerleaders joining the league this season. NOLA.com reports: “By the third quarter the boo… Read The post First Male NFL Cheerleader Makes Historic Debut: WATCH appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.
  • Sunday Morning Meltdown: Trump Explodes at NYT Story About WH Counsel Don McGahn Cooperating with Russia Investigation
    Donald Trump woke up truly unhinged on Sunday morning, raging at a New York Times story about White House counsel Don McGahn’s cooperation with the Russia investigation. It was a tweetstorm that he began 13 hours before on Saturday night. Tweet… Read The post Sunday Morning Meltdown: Trump Explodes at NYT Story About WH Counsel Don McGahn Cooperating with Ru […]

Polls

RSS Breaking News from The Daily Beast

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Pics from Africa 2010

About Me

https://rsiasoco.wordpress.com/about/

About Me

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

Top Posts

Categories