The thing that really kills me about all of these “Sam would be in as much trouble as Mercedes for their love” plot devices is the absolute refusal to grasp that Sam would have been taught that Mercedes was only good for serving his needs, be they sexual or otherwise. Sure, some people overcame that (kind of), but there’s a reason slaveowners could have 15 kids with a slave & never free them or their mother. There’s a reason it wasn’t illegal to rape a black woman until after the Civil Rights Movement, & there’s a reason much of the Civil Rights Movement is founded in black women agitating to be safe from white men.
Real talk, Sam having sex with Mercedes wouldn’t have meant any consequences for him (yes, even if she got pregnant), but it would have meant lots of consequences for her. Especially if she said no to him, or to any of his friends/family that might come calling. Want to know why the language around Slutwalk doesn’t speak to a lot of black women? Some of us know what it feels like to have the color of your skin = slut to people who might otherwise claim to be decent human beings.