Thursday, November 4, 2010

SLAVE BABIES as GATOR BAIT

I heard the term "Gator Bait" recently and I had no clue what it meant. 
So of course I googled it, and what I found next was one of the saddest stories ever.
Black babies stolen off plantations, skinned alive and used as gator bait.



“Gator Bait” Is it a racial slur? 
Ummm, depends on how its used.  If we are talking football in Florida then maybe not. 

Fact or Urban Legend Who really knows????  What I found is that there appears to be some documentation as well as valid postcards of black babies being dangled in front of gators.  I don’t believe this was a widespread phenomenon, after all, most whites viewed slaves as profitable livestock therefore using them as bait would have been a waste of money.  Using a dog could have been a better substitue, but then again dogs were used for hunting so its very plausible that someone stole babies from plantations and used them for bait.
Video about gator babies


“‘Alligator Bait' is the term drives from an activity conducted by white men, mostly in the swamps of Louisiana and Florida throughout the south. These white people were sick beyond belief. These alligator hunters needed to lure the larger bull alligators with human flesh and blood. During the slave era, our ancestors in America were only considered 3/5 of a human being. This is why these sick hunters had no regard for human life! The alligator hunters kidnapped black infants, skinned them alive, and tied their neck to a string and dropped them into a swamp! Dangling them near the mouths of hungry 700 pound alligators! These black babies were stolen, caged and fed to alligators whole! The activity is retold in various forms in researched documents, many found in the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia in Michigan. No doubt we have progressed in this country from overt racism and subtle forms of the same thing. The term "Gator Bait" is no less harmful than any other word used by men who killed families because they were African-American. Many white today, balk at the discussion of slavery and racial slurs. But when the past is dug up by people who use racist terminology images of violence reoccur. Sometimes the acceptance of such language comes dangerously close to history repeating itself!"

Gator Bait Photos



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