Size and Color

“….Griffith was the first important movie director to divide his black women into categories based on their individual colors…. Mammy is darker. She is representative of the all-black woman, overweight, middle-aged, and so dark, so thoroughly black, that it is preposterous even to suggest that she be a sex object. Instead she was desexed. This tradition of the desexed, overweight, dowdy dark black woman continued in films throughout the 1930s and 1940s….”

Donald Bogle, TOMS, COONS, MULATTOES, MAMMIES, AND BUCKS: AN INTERPRETIVE HISTORY OF BLACKS IN AMERICAN FILMS, p. 14-5

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