Kanye made a good point—though he needs to work on his communication skills and abrasiveness. The people Harriet Tubman freed ended up doing similar work that they did in slavery for white people in the north. A lot of her story is exaggerated and out of thousands of slave narratives that I’ve read over the years, not one of them mentioned anything about Harriet—let alone described her freeing them.
There’s many questions around the validity of her story.
Harriet Tubman left John Brown to die when he was organizing the raid on Harpers ferry to get arms to free thousands of slaves in Virginia and throughout the south. Some people even think she or Frederick Douglas was the ones that told on him. If she was really about freeing slaves, why wouldn’t she help John Brown start the biggest freeing of slaves in history? Why would she leave all of those people to die?
You mean to tell me that she agreed to work for the government (Union) as spy, and yet she wouldn’t work with John Brown and his group of melanated free people of color and formerly enslaved people to free tens of thousands of enslaved people? Brown tried to get her to spread the word about the raid and only 13 people showed up, and they still took slave owners hostage and stole guns. In fact, the same Union army that she was a spy for was the army that took John Brown and his men down—lead by Col Robert E Lee, that would switch sides later and become a Confederate commander.
How come she was married twice and didn’t give birth to any children at a time when the average woman had five children?
Why would a melanated woman that went against the system by breaking the law and freeing herself and hundreds of people be so celebrated by whites?
What is at least one name of a person that Harriet freed that wasn’t a family member? How come not one of the people she freed write a slave narrative or be interviewed by the paper?
It’s too many questions with this story 🤔 —Tasha Xi