- They’ve enslaved millions of Africans
- They’ve raped thousands of African women
- They’ve castrated thousands of African men
- They’ve killed millions of Africans
They’ve made us “Afro-Arab (although I don’t like to be called Afro-Arab) hate ourselves…now internalised anti-blackness has manifested in us. Many “Afro-Arabs” in Africa and diaspora hate identifying as black and would rather be called Arab. So many of my Swahili family members think that they’re Arab and not black and that our Swahili culture is thanks to the Arabs
I’m a Congolese Swahili (my Swahili ancestors came from Zanzibar to Congo) and let me list a few things the Swahili-Arabs did in the Congo:
- Butchered Congolese men, women and children
- Rape Congolese women
- Stole from our land
- Enslaved us
they don’t teach about the arab slave trade at all in the US.
The ankhs don’t talk about it. I guess they don’t know. Or it would conflict with their religious beliefs or lack there of.
I guess because i went to a sunni muslim school we knew some facts and stuff, but i realize many people arent familiar with the term “afro arab” either.
Q: I am currently involved in a campaign here against a fast food chain called Daisy’s who has an “Alligator Bait” picture on the wall of one of its franchises. I wrote to the vice president of the franchise and his response was that each restaurant may have what they want on the wall, it’s “American art”. The fast food chain has a 50’s USA theme to it. In the mail I explained the background of this image, that it is demeaning, horrible and also that it may have historic background too. This is why I write to you, you have a very serious site.
Were babies ever used as bait?
—Maria Granditsky- Stockholm, Sweeden via Facebook
A: It isn’t really a question of whether African American babies were used as alligator bait, but the question is how frequent was the practice?
During slavery and the Jim Crow era in the United States, African Americans were brutalized and mistreated in almost every way imaginable. If there was a way to kill, maim, oppress, or use an African American for any reason, it more than likely happened. If the skin from an African American might be used for leather shoes or handbags, (see Human Leather), then pretty much all atrocities were possible and probable.
African American babies being used as alligator bait really happened, and it happened to real people. It doesn’t seem to have been a widespread practice, but it did happen.
It is hard to process the thinking that could lead a person to actually use a live human baby as bait for an alligator. That is why the objects in the Jim Crow Museum are so important - they help tell the story of a society that defined African Americans as “sub-human” by portraying them as savage and worthless creatures (“Americans Forced”, 1944). If people are indoctrinated, over and over again, with items, images, objects, and practices that devalue the humanity of African Americans, then practices like “African Dodger”, “Human Zoos” and “Alligator bait” become possible.
In 1908 the Washington Times reported that a keeper at the New York Zoological Garden baited “Alligators With Pickaninnies” out of their winter quarters. In the article two “small colored children happened to drift through the reptile house among the throng of visitors” and they were “pressed into service.” The alligators “wobbled out as quick as they could after the ebony mites, who darted around the tank just as the pursuing monsters fell with grunts of chagrin into the water.” The alligators were “coaxed” into their summer quarters by “plump little Africans” (“Baits Alligators”).
The headline in the September 21, 1923 Oakland Tribune reads “PICKANINNY BAIT LURES VORACIOUS ‘GATOR TO DEATH. And Mother Gets Her Baby Back in Perfect Condition; Also $2”. In the article T.W. Villiers chronicles the entire process of using black babies as bait and how “these little black morsels are more than glad to be led to the ‘sacrifice’ and do their part in lurking the big Florida gators to their fate without suffering so much as a scratch.” Villiers is quick to point out that the babies are brought out of the “water alive and whole and come out wet and laughing” and that “there is nothing terrible about it, except that it is spelling death for the alligators.” In a strange twist, Villiers reports on the hunter’s attempts to rationalize the motivation of the alligators to"jeopardize every hope of life for a live baby, and in the matter of color, the additional information is vouchsafed that black babies, in the estimation of the alligators, are far more refreshing, as it were, than white ones."The article describes the process of placing the babies near the alligator’s haunts, with the hunters hidden behind the brush with their rifles. When the baby “attracts” the gator and it exposes his “head and forequarters”, the hunters shoot the gator and claim their “prize.” And, just in case someone happens to care about the welfare of the baby, the reader is assured that “Florida alligator hunters do not ever miss their targets.” After the baby is returned to its mother, she is paid the set price of two dollars (Villiers, 1923).
This event was also reported by the Atlanta Independent, America’s Standard Negro Newspaper of Character, Circulation and Opinion, a few weeks later (“Babies Used”).
One of the most disturbing articles about using babies as alligator bait was reprinted in numerous United States papers from 1888 until 1911. This article refers to an advertisement in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) newspapers: “Babies Wanted for Crocodile Bait. Will be Returned Alive.” The whole process is described in detail and painted as a harmless way for Ceylonese mothers to earn a “small consideration” for the use of their “dark brown infants with curling toes” to attract crocodiles (“Babies for Crocodile”).
In July 1968, the Los Angeles Times ran an article about the great fireballer Bob Gibson. Gibson talked about the struggle to get respect as a baseball player and as a man. He recounted a story from his rookie year in Columbus, Georgia about a fan who called him “alligator bait”. Gibson laughed it off, but then he was told by some local folk that “Negro youngsters” were actually used in baiting alligators. “That’s where Negroes stood in Columbus” said Gibson, and went on to talk about the struggles he was currently enduring (Chapin). One interesting aspect of Bob Gibson’s story is the response from Cecil Darby, the sports editor of the Columbus, Ga. Ledger. Darby dismissed the story of African Americans as “alligator bait” as “tongue-in-cheek” and criticized Gibson for being “naive enough to fall for such a fantastic tale.” Darby dismissed the claim as a complete fabrication (“Golden Park”, 2007).
While actual incidents likely were rare, images and objects showing caricatured African American children as alligator bait were widespread. An article in the January 28, 1900 issue of the Washington Times reflected on the “Phenomenal success of a photograph styled ‘Alligator Bait’.” It told how the photograph got its name, its popularity from “coast to coast”, and reported that “sales from this one negative have reached nearly $5,000” (“Branson, of Knoxville”).
The term “Alligator bait” was also used as a slur toward African Americans. Examples are found in a 1908 Los Angeles Herald boxing match recap (“Bell Shows Yellow”); in a 1905 issue of the Richmond, Virginia Times Dispatch where two African American males are referred to as “alligator bait” for stealing a chunk of lead (“News Gathered”); and in an article from the 1898 Richmond Dispatch where the term “alligator bait” is used to describe the size of a “dusky bootblack” (“Bootblack’s Little Deal”).
In a review of popular toys in 1917, the New York Times reported that “In View of the improved call for stuffed boy and girl negro dolls, the ‘alligator bait’ is expected to have a big run” (“Outlook for Toys”).
Diversity & Inclusion / Jim Crow Museum
This is sickening
And you can’t understand why we should hate you…
They have the nerve…… to tell us we shouldn’t have reservations about them
"African American babies being used as alligator bait really happened, and it happened to real people."
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i dunt see it
uh can someone please explain???? i don’t get it at all…
i don’t either…..nothing changes……
Check on your blog from other people’s view.
Like, go to your address bar and type in your url up there for it to work, off a mobile device, I’d assume.
This bullshit again…
An 8-year-old African-American boy in Texas is struggling to recover after being shot in the face by a 46-year-old white man, but authorities have not been able to determine a motive.
Dallas police said that Donald Maiden Jr., who had just celebrated his 8th birthday on Sunday, was playing tag outside his apartment complex on Tuesday. According to his grandmother, Maiden ran inside to get some toys and was shot as came back outside.
Witnesses told police that 46-year-old Brian Cloninger had been seen waiving a handgun at people prior to the shooting, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Police reports said that Cloninger was seen standing beside his pickup truck as the boy was bleeding, and a witness asked him if he shot the boy.
“Yes I shot that kid,” Cloninger reportedly said.
Maiden’s mother, Latamarin Locklin, recalled the aftermath of the shooting to KTVT on Thursday.
“When he ran in I just screamed,” she said. “His mouth was just hanging off and it was just a big hole… I just threw him on the couch and laid him in my arms and put pressure on his mouth with the towel.”
Locklin couldn’t understand why anyone would shoot her child “out of the blue.”
Maiden was in critical but stable condition as of Thursday. He still needed a breathing tube and had a plate in his jaw. He he could wink and nod to communicate, but could not talk. The boy was expected to have more surgeries after swelling from the most-recent surgeries goes down.
Cloninger was charged with injury to a child, and was being held $2.2 million dollar bond.
Take notes “charged with injury to a child” rather than attempted murder.
"injury to a child"? smh
Dammit, African-American kids can’t even play an innocent game like tag without having to worry about getting shot. And the racists still refuse to admit there’s a fucking problem. I am enraged.
Unlike the beautiful 6-year old Jonbenett Ramsey who received coverage all over the media - every tabloid, newspaper, news channel, talk show, 7-year old Aiyana Stanley was killed by a police officer during a raid while she was sleep and her murder received very little coverage.
Police, searching for a murder suspect, threw a flash grenade through the window of her family’s apartment around midnight. According to Aiyana’s father, it landed on the couch, setting Aiyana on fire. A police officer’s gun then went off, and shot Aiyana in the neck.
Aiyana was asleep on the living room sofa in her family’s apartment when Detroit police, searching for a homicide suspect, burst in and an officer’s gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members said.
Her father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, told The Detroit News he had just gone to bed early Sunday after covering his daughter with her favorite blanket when he heard a flash grenade followed by a gunshot. When he rushed into the living room, he said, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter’s blood.
“I’ll never be the same. That’s my only daughter,” Jones told.
We haven’t forgotten about you baby. R.I.P.
WHERE ARE THE FUCKING WHITE PEOPLE THIS TIME TO SAY “OH WELL OBVIOUSLY SHE HAD IT COMING. LITTLE BLACK GIRLS ARE A THREAT TO SOCIETY” I DONT FUCKING HEAR YOU THIS TIME!
Huey P. Newton, Ishmael Reed & Jawanza Kunjufu On Racism Again Black Men (1988)
1. White woman: You scared people Huey. The Black Panthers scared people.
Huey Newton: Any time the black man attempts to change the slave image he will scare white people.
2. Jawanza Kunjufu: Why were black people brought into this country? They were brought here to work. Does that reason exist today? America has a problem. What do they do with a people they no longer need?
3. White woman: I hate to disagree, but I was stopped this morning at 5:30 [a.m.] walking my dog by a policeman who just wanted to know why I was out at that hour.
Huey Newton: Of course, we weren’t talking about white people are never arrested, white people are never stopped. See, that’s an absolute statement. We mean as a statistical average that blacks are more often stopped according to our number that we represent in society which is only about 11%. And I think that’s a very racist way to look at things.
White man: You know what? How do we change this? It”s the same old talk!
Huey Newton: The way you change it is through revolution. The way you change it is changing the entire institutionalized racism in this country.
We have to start movement likes the Civil Rights movement, continue it like the Black Panther Party, continue it like the Republic of New Afrika, continue movements like the Nation of Islam, because it needs all of those groups, all of those movements just to start to make a dent in the kind of twisted mentality white people have in this country, from the upper class to the middle class, because they all profit by the situation of black oppression one way or the other-even when they don’t want to.
4. White woman: I see some black men as it’s their attitude. You have the Black Panthers but you are separating yourselves still, and we’re going to get a group, then you’re going to get a group, and that’s what separates us.
Huey Newton: We don’t have to separate ourselves when we’re already separated … I think that our problem is so large until it takes more than Martin Luther King, it takes more than Malcolm X, it takes more than Huey Newton to solve this problem, so I would like to know how this young lady will contribute in her actions or in her teachings to solve the problem.
Gotta make time for this.
not a matter of opinion
Ashy Dick Niggas….will not. I’m so sick of this bullshit, if you are degrading and dehumanizing Black Women because they dare to have agency over their own bodies, then you ain’t about the movement, the struggle skipped you. You ain’t here for Black Women and by default ain’t here for Black Empowerment. How dare you claim to be about Black Empowerment and you beat down the most hated, despised, being on earth. Black Women do not serve to be your talking points for respectability. Black Women are not your little pawns to be used as your foundation for enlightenment. Stepping on our backs, casting us away and locking us away in crooked rooms instead of standing with us smashing those prisons. Fuck you! Show some damn respect for the Black Women who birthed the human existence, who have been the foundation and backbone of your movements, and who has constantly been forced to fend for ourselves because no else was coming into the trenches. If a Black Woman decides to twerk, do sex work, strip, or whatever else the fuck she wants she’s earn that right and much much more. Black Women are not and will not be disrespected in my damn presence, we are your fucking God. Because no matter the slander and harm you cast on us we will rise like a blessed Sunday morning, our essence hold more depth than galaxies, respect your maker. You ain’t about life and the promise land if you spitting on Black Women. Do not dare call yourself Black, or claim ownership to Blackness when you aren’t protecting Black Women and Black Girls. Fuck up out my face with your treacherous ass.
bitteroreo First off, i’d like to say that i respect the queens of the universe to the utmost. This post is not to disrespect our women at all or to claim what yall can or cannot do with your bodies. But, as a people we must be able to identify problems and obtain solutions. Now, where do we see our women showing their ass the most? On television in rapper’s videos.. Now, who is behind the media showing our children this? The same people who are killing children around the world, poisoning our food and water supply, locking our men up, etc. They want our women to just be sex symbols and not revolutionaries. Please, tell me what woman in our history who was successful or pushed our people forward showed their ass consistently as this generation does today? See, this is the problem with the melanated community.. We want to make excuses and try to band-aid our problems instead of taking responsibility and progressing. We would rather fight each other and play into the divide & conquer strategy. We’d rather call each other names and maintain our ignorant states instead of engaging in critical thinking. We’d rather not step on people’s toes and hurt people’s feelings & remain stagnant in our mental states. You’d RATHER TEAR ONE OF YOURS DOWN THAT IS ON THE SAME SIDE YOU ARE ON INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON OUR COMMON ENEMY. We dont know who our enemies are and do not know our history that is our problem today. Our ancestors put spirit, mind and THEN body because they knew our spirit is what binds us with the ALL. The enemy wants our women to be on social networking sites attracting predators who only appreciate our women for their figures and not their smarts. Please, tell me what elder or parents would approve of their daughters showing their ass as much as our generation does? Im sure they’d want their daughters to respect themselves and not be so provocative. Me personally, I’d rather have more Assata Shakur’s than Nicki Minaj’s anyday. This post is not to degrade our women.. it is to embrace them to know thyself and their history. It is to embrace them to be the queens they are and not act out the image the neanderthal elites see them as. They’d rather them twerk instead of in the library learning the lies they’ve been told. When you know your history, you will know your future. Hotep.
fucktellievision you are NOT on me and mine’s side. You are not on Black Women’s side, if you don’t treat the Women who twerk, who do sex work, who strip naked as the ones who don’t, then you are not on our side. You talking about you respect the Queens of the utmost and yet here you are shaming Black Women who have agency over there bodies. You say you are here for us and yet you don’t even know the basic principles that Assata Shakur stood for. Assata Shakur would be a ride or die for Nicki Minaj don’t you dare use her name in your Black Patriarchy nonsense. You trying to tell me I need to learn my history, WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR HISTORY?! The fact that you are trying to lecture and you negate to know that Twerking is in our blood. Stemming for the long line dances that stems from our Black Diasporas dances like the Mapouka (video), or Soukous (video). Please, tell me what woman in our history who was successful or pushed our people forward showed their ass consistently as this generation does today? Josephine Baker Her Banana Dance So I guess Josephine Baker an French Spy, Nude Dancer, Queer Black Woman, Activist who is honored, and was asked by Coretta Scott King herself to join the NAACP, didn’t push history forward because she showed her ass huh? You keep putting Black Women on this Black and White scale of Sex Symbol or Activist…Lady or Jezebel. I guess it’s impossible to recognize that a Woman can have sexual agency, full on body agency and also still be an activist. You fail to see Black Women as being able to be multidimensional you find it impossible for a Black Woman to be able to love to read and twerk. Here’s a hint you’re looking at one. You are a child trying to play things that you don’t understand. You are not on my side because if you were you would never be so insulting and condescending of how you speak of Black Women. Saying I was tearing down one of my own….oh no I was very much defending my own, and Black Women everywhere. You are not here for me, you aren’t here for Black Women for you simply don’t even know where you come from, what sort of Divinity that runs in your veins. You are accepting to the white supremacist kool-aid that you swallowed so you could feign intellect, and wisdom. You are a child, and I will not speak to children who refuse to learn their studies. You so focused on Black Women needing to respect themselves and yet you ain’t saying shit about how you Black Women to have freedom for themselves, to have the power of choice for themselves, to express themselves how they see fit, to love themselves, care, nurture…I see no love in your depictions of what Black Women should do, and how they should be treated but merely directions of how they should be to your control. You would think after all that time the white man been beating down and controling the thoughts and actions of the Black Man that the negro will give unconditional understanding and love because certainly no one would destroy their own like that. And yet I’m proven wrong, because negroes will gladly stand at our necks and break bread and bloodshed with the white man before they let a Black Woman have her right to choice and freedom.
Niggas with anhks love to talk about ‘we need to come together’ but ain’t nowhere to be found when they need to be held accountable for the misogyny they spew.
Fuck this ‘queen’ bullshit
Respectability politics are anti-Black woman
Y’all really gonna sit here and support the degradation of black women through stripping and twerking by saying it’s free will after years of oppression and an act of embracing their sexuality and their bodies. Y’all really gonna sit here and justify that foolishness. What’s being said isn’t misogynistic. It’s fact. How the hell are we “coming together” when images of ass shaking and being half naked on a pole are the ones being introduced to the next generation of young black women. From personal observation, I know that the majority of the black women in my city who twerk and strip have no intentions on making an impact on the world whatsoever. They aren’t trying to hold hands and come together against oppression, they’re trying to obtain status as the “baddest bitch”. They aren’t shaking ass saying “this is for my ancestors”. They’re trying to get noticed with the thought of entertaining a crowd of men with nothing but their bodies. Please tell me the name of a stripper who’s done something to empower black women. Please find me a black woman who twerks publicly on the regular that’s striving for something more than mediocrity. And please find me a black mother who’s worked her ass off to ensure her daughter is blessed with more opportunity than she was ever able to see, that would be proud of her daughter being on a strip pole. C’mon now, I know y’all know better than that.
Marsha P. Johnson the other founding member who started the Stonewall Riots, she was a Black Transwoman, she was an activist she was a drag queen and she was a sex worker. Without her my queer fat black ass couldn’t be here out and proud, and neither could anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA. Ignacio G. Rivera Black poet, who is two spirit and gender fluid. Rivera performed at my college and they were a sex worker. Rivera is one of the founding members of Queers for Economic Justice. Both are sex workers and activist, of the past and present and contributed more to the movement of Black Women than any respectable negress with tabernacles. You wanted folks who did sex work and twerk boom there you go, and Josephine Baker still counts, which I’m guessing you missed because you still found a way to skip over what I wrote. Feel free to reread that.
Black Women do not exist for your consumption. Black Women don’t exist to be your savior. Black Women don’t exist to be your saint. Black Women doesn’t exist to be your teacher, preacher, mother, lover, backbone for anyone or anything. If a Black Woman decides to be the baddest bitch, and don’t want to hold hands and fight that is her right. Black Women sacrificed their existence since the dawn of time and we do not owe you or anyone a god damn thing. Black Women have paid in full their dues and you expect Black Women to pay interest? Yes I will support Black Women wanting and choosing to do sex work, twerk, strip, be naked 24/7 all day every damn day. Oh sure it’s only foolishness because Black Women are using their own consciousness to fulfill their own life. I support those women and justify them because you fuck niggas ain’t doing it. You fuck niggas are first to throw these women under the bus to be your standing ground and you disgrace the name of Blackness everytime you do it. The most kicked, humiliated, hated being on the planet and you negroes and negresses will put a smile on your face and grind them into the ground then fix your face like you some savior, some grandiose of truth. How fucking dare you, Black Women don’t owe you shit, and the Black Women that you are constantly shitting on are the makers of the very culture that you partake and bite off of. From the day you get up to eat, shit and sleep it is those lowly Black Women you shit on that paved your way so you can preach your bullshit respectability.
Everytime a Black Woman gets killed an no one says a word because she was just some Sex Worker, or a Black Girl gets raped because she was being fast, a Black Woman getting called a welfare queen even though she is working two damn jobs and going to school part time, a Black Woman who gets desexualized and hypersexualized because she dares to dance, and a Black Woman who gets called angry, and bitter because she dares to not take your bullshit and being content on being held in a crooked room. They all pay the price and suffer so y’all ankhfied asses can pretend to care, can pretend to be knowledgeable, can pretend to be grand all mighty on what is and what is not. Fuck you and all your respectability politics, fuck your generation, fuck your kumbayahs, fuck your expectations, fuck all your graham cracker white supremacist token, shuckin and jivin let me kiss white ass, and clean it for you too fuck boys. Black Women and Black Girls don’t exist for you, and your sorry asses. Do Better.
Bringing this back because y’all ankh niggas refuse to hear me in the back.
Read these girls for blood.! Definitely quoting these arguments in my next paper!
When I say something that should not be controversial
Why aren’t 50% of coal miners women? Why not 50% of janitors or pest control workers? Don’t forget front line military!
Likewise, why aren’t men 50% of college enrollment and 50% of teachers?
We should eliminate the stupid “personal choice” thing because forcing people into certain professions is way more fun.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT FORCING PEOPLE INTO PROFESSIONS
THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN GOING INTO SCIENCE BEING DISCOURAGED
THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST
FIRST, WHAT GBT SAID.^
FUNNY YOU SHOULD MENTION WOMEN COAL MINERS. BECAUSE I STUDY THEM. AND GUESS WHAT?
Women had to fight court cases to be allowed into coal mines as workers. Once a few women paved the way, thousands of women followed in short suit because on average, their incomes increased 500% over working as domestic workers, doing textile piecework and waitressing. Some saw their income jump 1000%.
Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find women have been mining coal for centuries. They were pushed out in the Victorian period because the mansplainers of the day could tolerate women wielding such a phallic object as a shovel underground with male workers present. And wearing pants! Still, women disguised themselves as men to work in the mines.
Oh, and World War II. Where did all the coal come from then? Oh, that’s right. Women. Women who were expected to stand aside and let the men take their jobs when the war was over and were denied benefits when they later developed black lung.
Also, can we just talk about how absurd it is to say that women don’t make up 50% of ‘janitors’?
Gee, I wonder if that’s because when a woman is hired to be the primary cleaner and caretaker of a property, it gets called ‘housekeeping’ or ‘maidservice’ and pays less than the EXACT SAME JOB, which if done by a man is given the title ‘janitor’?
Why aren’t men 50% of college enrollment? Because men aren’t 50% of college applications. No one’s exactly sure why, but the prevailing guess? Because it’s easier for men to get a professional job without a degree. Which means it’s easier for men to earn a living wage without going into debt. Which increases the already existent wealth gap, already exacerbated by the income gap.
(And if you’ll allow me to get all snarkily gender essentialist for a moment, maybe you boys just can’t cut it in higher ed. Even those of you getting into colleges are dropping out at rates WAY higher than women. They were probably just there looking for a wife to provide for them, though, am I right? Ah, get back in the toolshed, don’t worry your silly little heads about it.)
Oh my god I want to fucking marry this entire post.
Dear. GOD. This is fantastic <3