Yep it’s in Medical Apartheid. They believed that black people’s skulls didn’t grow all the way, so by taking away a bit of the skull as an infant our brains would grow properly.
[TW: racism, abuse, sexual abuse]J. Marion Sims is called “the Father of Gynecology” due to his experiments on enslaved women in Alabama who were often submitted as guinea pigs by their plantation owners who could not use them for sexual pleasure.
He kept seven women as subjects for four years, but left a trail of death and permanently traumatized black women.
Anarcha was one of the women Sims experimented upon. A detailed history of this monster is in Harriet Washington’s book, Medical Apartheid.
Sims believed that Africans were numb to pain and operated on the women without anesthesia or antiseptic. The procedures usually happened this way.
Black female slaves who were guinea pigs would hold one subject down as Sims performed hysterectomies, tubal ligation, and other procedures to examine various female disorders.
Sims also performed a host of operations on other slave populations. The following excerpt details his “practice” on enslaved infants.
Sims began to exercise his freedom to experiment on his captives. He took custody of slave infants and, with a shoemaker’s awl, tried to pry the bones of their skulls into proper alignment.
You guys should really google him.
(if you click the link, I did it for you)
fucking hell I just nearly got sick.
tumblrs tuaght me so much
I had NO IDEA how SO MANY THINGS we have in modern days was LITERALLY made at the expense of black women. The fact that they skip over this in things like biology classes and stuff like that is disgusting.
This is just
The “liberation” of white women, once again built on the torture and violation of non-white women.
Holy fuck. This is abominable.
So much to learn of our history, so much to be angry about, so much to be sorry for.
Holy shit. How does this kind of horror get glossed over in our history? How?
And you know what’s sad? If you weren’t on Tumblr or something, or you didn’t take the right class in college (if you even wind up going to college, which not everybody does), or you’re not motivated to do the research yourself (and even if you’re motivated to do research that’s no guarantee you’d find out about these kinds of things) you’d never fucking know. That’s inexcusable.