At the very least, Ma represents a welcome change from this sort of typecasting. All The next month The next 3 months The next 6 Months. Mammy fulfilled her soothing function so well, that she was allowed to stay on long after the children had grown up and supposedly moved on. According to IMDb, Spencer has played a maid, nurse or cleaner a total of 21 times, including in two of her three Oscar-nominated performances. But then, the mammy always was a misogynoir anti-black woman misogyny nightmare seeped in the horror of slavery and segregation. Or, put more simply, the US were so desperate to be absolved of the crimes of slavery, that such an absolver — maternal, asexual, ever-loyal and black — had to be invented. The history of black women on screen is closely tied up with the mammy figure, a racist caricature divorced from the reality of US race relations during slavery and afterwards.
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