As American Horror Story kicked off its new season, the story line follows a coven of young witches who are coming into a craft that has always been taboo in real life amongst blacks and whites alike, but a big hit in the fantasy world of television and literature. This season however, deals with not only witchcraft, but witchcraft in Louisiana, which has always consisted of voodoo, hoodoo, black magic, and the creole people. It is a history rich in color relations as well, one that is blatantly discussed and well represented in the American Horror Story Series.
For those who haven’t watched any episodes yet, this contains some spoilers so be mindful of what you may read.
The series begins with a look into the past of a woman with three daughters, one who held a plantation. She had numerous slaves and servants and was just as mean as any other plantation owner. Being a vain woman, she would make a concoction mixed with the blood and pancreas of her slaves. This character, though played by one of my favorite actresses, Kathy Bates, shows the volatile behavior of slavery and it’s intermingling with witchcraft, something that has been prevalent since Africa but forfeited due to the Judeo-Christian world of America that was forec upon slaves.
The best attribute that the writers added to the story line is that witchcraft in America started in Salem, something most people have heard of, but it started with a black slave woman named Tituba, who brought it over from Africa. In a highly intense seen between a white powerful witch and black powerful witch, they rattle of their credentials of who was the first of the legacy and the black witch says one thing most white Americans do not want to hear or admit to, that mankind and the birth of civilization happened in Africa so that white Americans should be grateful. There is even a black girl who has a direct bloodline to Tituba and talks about how every witch in the tribe is linked to her.
This topic holds a lot of weight. Not the witchcraft but the beginning of life as we know it. If the birth of the world and America was built on the backs of Africans and African Americans, then it should be noted and preached. American Horror Story makes it known in both the first and second episode, the importance that Africa has in an institution that is centuries old, witchcraft. Though it is a small victory, one that may seem dark to some, it is a victory nonetheless, one that I am especially proud of because of my creole roots.
Thank you American Horror Story for setting the facts straight and giving us ownership of one of the many things we created.