the colored museum by george c wolfe what message is aunt ethel trying to convey in cookin' with aunt ethel?
This piece is supposed to highlight the Mammy, and the racism that followed that steryotype. Mammy, although a seemingly harmless and playful term was a psycological hinderance to the African American Community.
#1 - Mammy was considered a happy soul who proudly served mostly white families. Her obidience and servatude was awarded with acceptance by white culture, her "wisdom" and power as a female was mistaken as empowerment even though it still encouraged african americans to find their place serving white families
#2 - Mammy's power was crippling to black males. The large assertive mammy was seen as the leader of a black family. Black men were seen as subserviant and weak. Followers not leaders to the Mammy mother figure. A powerful common conseption which did exist and in some ways still do.
The other messages in the vignette are more obvious