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Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 250–270.
Published: 01 October 2020
... American women’s arsenal of legal strategies included the “Lady Sambo,” an intentional racialized gender performance of feigned ignorance. By performing the “Lady Sambo”—an ignorant, servile black woman in need of protection—some poor black women mobilized their expertise in white racism to defend...
Journal Article
Meridians (2020) 19 (2): 239–249.
Published: 01 October 2020
... of African American, Hispanic Caribbean, Latina, and Latin American feminists. Leigh-Anne Francis’s essay, “Playing the ‘Lady Sambo’: Poor Black Women’s Legal Strategies in the Post–Civil War South’s Civil Courts,” convincingly argues that Black women plaintiffs routinely used White people’s distorted...