Mary Ellen Pleasant Becomes a Rich, Black Abolitionist (feat. Lisa Bonet) – Drunk History

Mary Ellen Pleasant Becomes a Rich, Black Abolitionist (feat. Lisa Bonet) – Drunk History


HELLO. TODAY, WE’RE GONNA TALK
ABOUT MARY ELLEN PLEASANT, THE MOTHER OF CIVIL RIGHTS
IN CALIFORNIA. MARY ELLEN PLEASANT
WAS A LIGHT-SKINNED BLACK WOMAN. SHE WAS A SLAVE UNTIL ONE DAY A PLANTER
BOUGHT HER OUT OF SLAVERY AND MADE HER A FREE WOMAN. SO WHEN SHE WENT
TO CALIFORNIA, SHE PRETENDED
THAT SHE WAS A WHITE WOMAN. NOW, FIRST OFF,
SHE WAS A CHEF. AND PEOPLE ARE COMING IN
AND SHE’S COOKING FOR THEM. AND PEOPLE LOVE HER. PEOPLE HAD STARTED BIDDING FOR
HER TO BE THEIR PERSONAL CHEF. AND SHE WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT,
[bleep] ALL THAT. I’M GONNA OPEN
MY OWN RESTAURANT. SHE WAS HEAD BITCH
IN CHARGE. SHE HAD MADE
SOME [bleep] HAPPEN. SHE HAD MADE [bleep] HAPPEN
FOR, LIKE, BLACK PEOPLE… GETTING JOBS. SO AS A WHITE WOMAN,
SHE STARTED OPENING RESTAURANTS. SHE HAD LAUNDRIES. SHE HAD BOARDING HOUSES. SHE STARTED
GETTING BLACK PEOPLE HIRED FOR POSITIONS THEY’D NEVER
NORMALLY BE HIRED FOR AT THAT TIME. THIS WOMAN WAS
A RENAISSANCE WOMAN. IN THE LATE 1850s, MARY ELLEN PLEASANT
IS MAKING A TON OF [bleep] MONEY IN CALIFORNIA. BUT SHE SAID, EVEN THOUGH
I’M KINDA, LIKE, LIGHT-SKINNED AND I GET ALONG
WITH EVERYBODY AND EVERYBODY THINKS
I’M WHITE AND I COULD LIVE
A VERY COMFORTABLE LIFE IF I WANTED TO…
PFFT! PFFT!
[bleep] THAT. SHE TOOK THAT MONEY AND SHE STARTED
DOING SOME [bleep]. DURING THIS TIME, SHE’D BEEN ACTIVELY
FREEING SLAVES. SHE SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT,
JAMES BROWN. JOHN BROWN.
[laughing] JOHN BROWN,
A FAMOUS ABOLITIONIST, WHO WAS A WHITE MAN– YOU KNOW,
HE’S TRYING TO FREE SLAVES. HERE’S MY MONEY. HERE’S $30,000
SO YOU CAN BUY GUNS AND STUFF. THEY BUY LAND IN CANADA BECAUSE THEY’RE GONNA OPEN
A HOME AND FARM SO THAT THESE FREED SLAVES
CAN GO LIVE. JOHN BROWN GETS CAUGHT, AND THEY FIND A LETTER ON HIM THAT SAYS SOMETHING LIKE, HEY, I’M IN SUPPORT OF YOU AND I’M GONNA KEEP BEING
IN SUPPORT OF YOU. JUST MAKE
SOME [bleep] HAPPEN. AND INSTEAD OF M.E.P.,
IT LOOKED LIKE W.E.P. SO IT WAS PUBLISHED
EVERYWHERE. EVERYBODY BE ON THE LOOKOUT
FOR SOME DICK NAMED W.E.P. WHERE WAS I AT,
HISTORICALLY? – MM-MM. – AT THAT TIME, SHE WAS IN LOVE
WITH A MAN NAMED THOMAS BELL. HE WAS A SCOTSMAN. [romantic music playing] HE WAS A BUSINESSMAN. AND SHE LOVED HIM. [music stops] THAT IS–
THAT WAS NOT ME FARTING. THAT’S…THE…CHAIR. AND THEY HAD BUSINESSES
TOGETHER, MEANING LAUNDRIES, AND BLAH, BLAH, BLAH,
AND BULL[bleep]. AND TOGETHER,
THEY AMASSED A FORTUNE OF $30 MILLION. WHICH, LIKE, NOWADAYS… IS LIKE A BATRILLION GILLION
A-DOLLARS. IN, LIKE, ONE
OF THE “CENSUSESES,” SHE OUTTED HERSELF
AS A BLACK WOMAN. WHEN THE LOVE OF HER LIFE,
THOMAS BELL, DIED, PEOPLE STARTED TALKING
ABOUT HER BADLY. THEY–
WHAT’S IT CALLED? THEY “DISMISSINATED” HER. THEY “SHENAMENANATED” HER. THEY [talking gibberish] HER.
[laughing] NO, BUT REALLY.
AND THEY SAID TERRIBLE THINGS. SHE EATS BABIES.
SHE STEALS BABIES. SHE DOES THIS, SHE’S A WHORE,
SHE’S A WHORE MADAM. SHE’S A THIS,
SHE’S A THAT. THAT’S WHEN THEY GAVE HER
THE NAME “MAMMY.” AND THEY CALLED HER
“MAMMY PLEASANT.” THE [bleep]’S THAT ABOUT? AND YOU KNOW WHAT,
IN THE END, SHE MADE MONEY
LIKE A TRUE AMERICAN, AND SHE FOUGHT
FOR PEOPLE’S FREEDOM AND RIGHTS LIKE A TRUE THE MOST AMERICAN. SHE DID EXACTLY
WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO AND SAID “I’D RATHER BE A CORPSE
THAN A COWARD.” I’M FREE,
I WANT Y’ALL TO BE FREE, AND I WANT ME TO BE FREE. [bleep] YOU, [bleep] YOU,
[bleep] YOU. AND P.S. I COUNT ‘CAUSE I’M A MOTHER[bleep]
PERSON, DICKFACES. THERE’S SOME PARK
IN SAN FRANCISCO THAT IS DEDICATED TO HER,
AND SHE HAUNTS IT. – NOW, WHY WOULD SHE
HAUNT SOMETHING THAT PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER? – ‘CAUSE IT’S THE SMALLEST
MOTHER[bleep] PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO. – THAT’S AN ANGRY GHOST. – I DON’T KNOW IF SHE’S ANGRY. CAN GHOSTS BE ANGRY?
THEY’RE ALREADY DEAD. WHAT ARE THEY PISSED OFF
ABOUT? – THAT THEY’RE DEAD. – YEAH, I GUESS IT DEPENDS
WHAT YOU FEEL ABOUT THINGS. AGAIN, THAT WASN’T ME FARTING.

100 Replies to “Mary Ellen Pleasant Becomes a Rich, Black Abolitionist (feat. Lisa Bonet) – Drunk History”

  1. Why all the cursing. Your narration with the snorting and condescension, was sort of a disgrace to this woman's legacy. Mary Ellen Pleasant's class was far above this weirdly immature drunken narration.
    And she never passed as a white woman.

  2. Mary Ellen is even more angry and because they picked the drunkest mess to tell her story… while “farting” and drinking out of a metal straw. She deserved better.

  3. The narrator is hilarious! "…they amassed a fortune of 30 million dollars, which nowadays is like a ba-trillion, gazillion dollars."😂

  4. Ive noticed a lot of people commenting, “if she could pass as white, she’s not black” which may be true by today’s standards, but she was still black enough to be enslaved and oppressed when people knew about her heritage. It’s not like she wasn’t subjected to that kind of pain and suffering. She did appear white which allowed her to evade it and receive less oppression, but she was oppressed nonetheless. And maybe that’s not my place to say, but I don’t think we should be erasing what she went through.

  5. They have so much of their history wrong in one of the videos I purely watch it for comedic reason from then on.

  6. GREAT STORY MORE PLEASE. I LEARN A GREAT DEAL IN BLACK HISTORY CLASS BUT THIS IS EVEN BETTER TO GIVE LIFE TO THE STORY. STUDENTS WOULD APPRECIATE THIS MORE.

  7. Incredible how a filthy Arab reads a story involving slavery, given their history of enslaving. Classic Comedy Central!

  8. I learned about Mary Ellen Pleasant in high school. Maybe because I grew up in California? She married a light skinned guy who also easily passed for white, and they helped people.

  9. If mixed people are so called 'black' then it would mean that all 'black' men worldwide could 'PROCREATE' with white women and claim to be 'PRESERVING' the black race. And their 'BIRACIAL' kids could do the same, and so could their 'QUADROON' grand kids and 'OCTOROON' great grand kids. It makes no 'BIOLOGICAL' sense.

  10. Mary Ellen was never a slave—- ain’t no shame in being a former slave but that’s not her story…she used her “passing privilege” to her advantage— she was married to a white abolistionist in Massachusetts… She had upper class manners and taught them to the nouveau riche gold rush miners

  11. Part 2 : Stanford and Sutter names from California Gold rush history were given patrician east coast manners … Mary Ellen also picked fresh off the boat 🚣‍♀️ young white European prostitutes entering California and taught them to be ladies and hooked them up with Stanford and Sutter … May Ellen was the first female self maid millionaire, before Madam CJ Walker and Oprah

  12. Part 3 Mary Ellen was also a low key Madam and and had studied voodoo with Marie LaVeau, her 2nd husband was Marie LaVeau’s son …. oh and so much more

  13. instead of saying she was a "light-skinned black woman" can't people just say she was biracial? because she was. as a biracial person i find it very frustrating how we still, in this day and age, whitewash biracial people out of existence.

  14. Derek: Mark.
    Gagliardi: … Mm-hm?
    Derek: So; Mary Ellen Pleasant.
    Gagliardi: … Yeah, man.
    Derek: You like her?
    Gagliardi: Iluvv'r.

  15. …and..fuck you-fuck you-fuck YOU!?!! 😌😌😌 Lol but 4:47 when the lackey white guy takes ownship of being a dickface with a flourish tho..was a legit moment stolen from time for me😂 be

  16. Great job telling her story! But she was not a light-skinned "black" woman. She was woman of mixed ancestry; a strong minded woman who chose to live under her father's ethnicity instead living under the subjugation of her mother's.

  17. LISA SAID KIDS MADE FUN OF HER LOOK GROWIN BY BLACK GIRLS BECAUSE SHE WAS INTERRACIAL. AND LIGHT SKINSHE IS BUEATIFUL THATS HOW BLACK PEOPLE ARE WITH EACH OTHER STILL TILL THIS DAY ITS NOT THE WHITE MAN SELF HATING JUST LOOK IN THE MIRROR BLACK FOLKS😠

  18. I am so shocked and excited about this story. Wow! They went thru he'll back then. 2:20 💀💀💀 COMEDY CENTRAL YALL SHOULD'VE USED CREE SUMMER FOR THIS BECAUSE SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE THE REAL MARY ELLEN. Lisa was fun too but I just realized Mary Ellen looks like Cree.

  19. Even this story is bs. Her freedom wasn't bought by a planter. She worked as a bonded servant and eventually bought her own way out.

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