Mid-South Reacts To Controversial Harriet Tubman Sex Video

Mid-South Reacts To Controversial Harriet Tubman Sex Video

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons apologized for a controversial sex video featuring Harriet Tubman that appeared on his All Def Digital YouTube channel.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)-– “And with Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master? I thought it was politically correct. Silly me. I can now understand why so many people are upset.”

Those are some of the words in a statement given by hip-hop music promoter Russell Simmons, backing away from a controversial video he produced, which most feel desecrate the memory of famed abolitionist, Harriet Tubman.

Simmons’ video generated some powerful and negative reaction in the Mid-South.

Nobody who spoke with localmemphis.com found the video to be humorous in any way. They were glad it was pulled from Youtube, and question why Simmons went there in the first place.

“I am totally embarrassed that Russell Simmons would make such a video,” said Madeline Taylor, the Executive Director of the NAACP in Memphis.

The video was set in 1851, depicting famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman plotting with a friend to videotape a bedroom liaison with her “master.”

“All these years,” said the actress portraying Tubman in the video, “I been acting like I didn’t love our special time together.”

The plot of the video is that she’ll use the tape to blackmail her owner into letting her run the Underground Railroad, something she really did.

“I’ve got what you white folks like to call leverage,” said the actress in the video.

‘There’s simply no reason or justification for such a video,” Pastor LaSimba Gray told localmemphis.com.

Gray is the pastor of New Sardis Baptist Church and maintains a display in his sanctuary documenting the fight for civil rights and against slavery.

His shrine contains a painting of Harriet Tubman.

“Freedom did not come free,” said Gray. “And for anyone to desecrate Harriet Tubman’s legacy is unacceptable.”

“I am concerned as a woman,” said Taylor, “as an African American, that this should have to be out there on an historical figure.”

When hip-hop promoter Simmons received complaints, he removed the online video and apologized.

“I would say too little, too late,” Gray told localmemphis.com.

“We all have freedom of speech,” said Taylor, “but some speech we should keep to ourselves.”

For both Taylor and Gray, history is to be respected.

“I think this is the lowest level one can stoop,” Gray said, “to desecrate your own history.”

The memories of those who led the way are also to be treasured.

“Harriet Tubman hated slavery with every fiber of her being,” said Gray. “To say one would acquiesce to slavery in the bedroom with the master, not forced, but voluntarily, would be to spit on her grave.”

That’s a sentiment echoed by Taylor.

“It’s offensive,” said the leader of the Memphis NAACP. “It was out there, now it’s gone and I think it needs to be over with.”

For those interested in history, a stop on Tubman’s Underground Railroad is memorialized at the Slave Haven Museum on North Second Street in Memphis.

In his apology for making the Tubman video, Simmons said in part, “I would never condone violence against women in any form. I am sincerely sorry.”

Gray summed it up like this, “Ultimately it is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.”

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