Till today, many Africans do not fully know the extent to which African children and babies were brutalized by European and
American slave dealers. The Slavers were intentional about their brutality to
the Black children and it was to instill fear in the young ones, thereby
making them grow into obedient slaves.
This meant fewer run-away slaves for the
slave masters and dealers.
It defies human imagination, the kind of cruelty
that a human being could dish out to a baby. It pointed to the fact that
slavery was not just an economic venture for the Caucasians, but also a means
of slow genocide and expression of draconian hate for a people.
The lives of those little children were
expendable to the slavers since many more could be gotten. These children were
either given birth to is breeding farms or were kidnapped with their mothers by
These babies experienced firsthand the barbarity
and viciousness of the Caucasian man. They were beaten to a pulp, which often
led to permanent disability or death. Many were snatched from the arms of their
mothers and sold. Now imagine being that child and experiencing the powerlessness
fear and tears of your mother as you were being handed to a stranger.
Many of these children were kept in cages in
breeding farms just like animals. They were exposed to the nasty and sick
pedophilia practice of Caucasians, as slave owners and their friends violated
these little black girls and boys.
The experiences of these children were oftentimes
physical, but that which had the most lasting and traumatizing effects was psychological torture. And these psychological traumas have been handed down
The worst part is that the descendants of the enslaved Black people are forced to deal with the genetic memory and the present and continuous
attack on their skin and community.
Sometimes when we talk about the harrowing
experiences of Black people, some people in this generation push it aside as a
non-issue. They say 'It happened in the past, so we should all forget and move
on. The world is a global village now and the races have started to mix".
But these people know nothing about life. They don’t understand that history
repeats itself and that the knowledge of the hurt of yesterday will help us
deal with the issues of today.
There are many pieces of evidence to the brutality faced
by Black slave children, and we would love to point you to some of them that were
documented. Below are some instances where humanity wore the face of demons and
fed on little children:
1834 Nassau - A SLAVE MASTER SOLD 20 CHILDREN
GIVEN BIRTH TO BY ONE WOMAN
In a Book tittled 'Early Settlers Of The
Bahamas', written by A. Talbot Bethell in 1937, a conversation with a newly freed
slave was documented. It read:
“Massa,” said an old woman to Governor Colebrooke,
” I have had 20 children. My Massa and
Missus sole ’em all off. One of my gals
was sole to buy young Missus a piano,
and whenever I heard her play on it, I
used to stop my ears; I thought I heard
my child crying out dat it was bought
with her blood.
Dey was all sole off.
I have not got one left to bury me but now me see
Ah! And my old heart is glad because I will go
happily to my grave.”
Just imagine for a second what this woman went
through those 20 times. Then imagine the fate of those children in the hands of
pedophiles, rapists, and hateful slavers.
Now, if one woman lost 20 children in
her lifetime, imagine how many children were faced with these draconian
experiences from millions of Black mothers for over 400years.
1773 In Queen-Anne's County, Maryland - TWO BLACK
GIRLS OF 10 and 6 YEARS OF AGE WERE DISFIGURED
One had a big scar on her face,
and the other had her nose sunk in:
The following account below is from a document
for the two girls who went missing from their owners possession at some point:
FIFTY DOLLARS REWARD.
“On Sunday last were stolen or seduced from the subscriber, living in Queen- Anne’s
County, opposite to Chestertown, in Kent
County, in Maryland, two negro slaves,
one named Rachel, about nine or ten
years of age, of yellow complexion, well
grown, has a scar on her throat under
her jaw, and two remarkable broad for me
teeth; the other named Sarah, about five
or six years of age, thick lips, hollow
eyes and the upper part of her nose much
These slaves were formally the property of
Elizabeth Adair, of Kent county
aforesaid, who intermarried with John
Posey, and were purchased of the said
John Posey, by Sara Flower, with whom
the subscriber intermarried.
As it is suspected that they have been taken away, with a purpose of conveying them out of this province, all persons are cautioned against purchasing them, and whoever will make known to the subscriber, the person or persons who stole or seduced the said slaves from him, and the person in whose possession they are, so that they may be recovered, and the offender offenders punished according to law, shall receive the above over the reward, from
In 1832 A Black Baby Was Dipped Into Boiling
Water By The Captain Of The Ship
It was accounted for and documented that while Black
slaves were being transported from Africa, an incident that shocked everyone
happened. A 10 months old baby was sulking and did not want to eat. It troubled
the captain because that was part of the money they would make. So the captain
took the child from the mother and tried to force the child to eat while hitting
the child. He was furious and he said: ‘I’ll make you eat or I’ll kill you.'
The way the captain manhandled the child and the harsh conditions the baby was facing on the ship made the child's leg
to swell. The captain ordered his men to boil some water which would be used to
douse the swollen legs of the child. Either he had some compassion for the
child or he was just trying to save a commodity for the market.
The cook that prepared the water, put his finger
into the water, and declared that it was actually too hot for a human. But in
rage and a blink of an eye, the captain ordered them to put the baby's feet
into the hot water. Immediately they threw the baby's feet into the overheated
water, the nails and skin came off.
After the baby's skin and toes nails peeled off,
the captain didn’t stop there. He used oilcloths to wrap the foot of the
child, and then tied the child to a heavy log of wood for about two to three
days. After those days, he still wanted the child to eat by force, as he cursed
and said: ‘I will make you eat, or I will be the death of you.’
When the captain tried again to feed the baby and
the baby refused, he went ahead to keep his promise and flogged the '10 months
old baby' for about 15 minutes and the child died. And he did it stop there. He
actually called on the child's mother to pick up the baby and throw the
lifeless body overboard. Oh, what
When the mother cried out of agony and grief, the
captain beat her mercilessly until she picked up the child and threw it into
the ocean. She could not believe what had happened and she looked away so she
would not witness her child drop into the sea.
All of these were done under the watch of other
black slaves who murmured and cried out of pain for what the captain did to a
poor little baby and the mother.
At the time of researching and writing the just
concluded paragraph, I paused and shed a tear. No, these were/are not human
beings. They can’t be.
In 1832, At St. Thomas, A Captain Sent A Boat To
Rescue A Drowning Dog And Not The Black Boy Who Drowned With It
In a publication which was titled "Pity the
Negro', it was accounted that the ship’s crew had just passed the harbor of
Saint Thomas and were on their way to the island of Saint Croix. The captain
ordered a little black boy to climb to the top of the ship's mast and drop down
the flag. When the boy climbed the mast and tried to untie it, he slipped and
fell into the sea.
One of the crew members, who narrated this story,
said that the drowning boy called out for help, but the captain ignored him and
abandoned him to drown. But fortunately for the boy, the captain’s Spanish
captain dog saw the drowning boy and jumped overboard into the sea to rescue
After calling on the dog several times and the
dog ignored, the captain then sent out a boat to bring in the dog and also the
boy. When the crew members brought the boy on board, the captain beat the
living day-light out of him for losing the flag.
Now you can imagine such wickedness.
The truth is that there are numerous accounts of this barbarous behavior and treatment towards Black children throughout the
period of slavery and beyond. What is most painful that those who did these
despicable things would do it again if given the chance.
Today in America, you would find police officers
shooting Black babies and discharging pepper spray to the eyes of kids. And
also all manner of things that are devilish and inhumane.
These stories and many more like it ought to be
told, so that Black people know how they relate with the races that have caused
(and continue to cause) us the most pain.
We must know and remember and also talk about these
things, for the sake of those who died. We owe it to them to tell their harrowing