Slavery existed, no slavery exist. But the topic is becoming a taboo one as many races do not like to talk about race issues. They prefer to live in a world of denial and dirty acceptance that everything is candy and dandy and we are all getting along living as one big happy family. Well, if we are living as one big happy family, i can assure you that there will be domestic violence and preference within that home. But this article is not about ranting, it is more of a informative and educative one. I am merely highlighting some aspects of slavery that many white and black people never knew about and what it means in society today.
The African Destruction
Millions of black people were captured from Africa and any other lands which black people occupied and were brought to Europe as slaves. Men, women and young boys were taken from their country of origin and sold to farm owners to work on their farms as slaves of course. Yes, these were some hard cold days for black people. As a matter of fact, fast forward into the 21st century and things aren't much different. There is just no whip behind the psychological lashes many black people are getting today. The white travelers not only took slaves from Africa, they also stole whatever natural resources they could find, such as the so called expensive diamond and other resources. They left a trail of death and broken families when they massacred homes and destroyed little black children dreams. Slavery was a profitable business for both slave trader and slave owner, but the one who reaped most of the benefit was the plantation owners as soon the slave trade would not be needed any more as plantation owners had enough slaves working on their farm which would produce even more slaves to either work on their farm or be sold. They allowed mating of the black man and woman for this sole purpose.
The African Female Pregnancy Genocide
Plantation owners were having a ball. Their return on investment was super fantastic. They laughed, dined, drank expensive wine and ate the best of fruits and vegetables. While slaves were treated like waste, disease riddled because of lack of proper sanitation. They worked devastating long hours in the sun, with hundred of thousands of slaves getting sun stroke and died on the field from hunger, thirst, illnesses and a broken heart. The African female saw that they were the ones who were bringing more of their people into a bitter and wicked world of the white man and so they decided to take a stance. It was a silent stance, a stance not even known by the African male themselves. They decided to self induce abortion. As soon as a African female slave got pregnant, they used various ways to self abort the child, not wanting a beautiful African baby to be brought up in such a cruel world. Even though many women slaves committed infanticide, women were actually too stressed, too malnourished and many had diseases which would hinder a healthy pregnancy. The white plantation owners hated this low birth rate and they came up with a plan to reproduce and isolate pregnant expecting mothers, so their slave industry would prosper.
White Babies, Black Breast Milk
African females were extremely attractive. Don't just look at some of the more horrible pictures slavers brought to the forefront to depict the African. They did that because of low self esteem and needed to brainwash the mass of white people to believe that black was ugly and white was beautiful. Every race have beautiful people and every race has average looking people. The most gorgeous black females were mainly isolated and either kept as house slaves or was used as the slave masters concubine. The African female was very attractive to any race of man, she was well rounded and was the envy of many white females. Many white females knew of their husbands infidelity with the black women, but many lived in luxury and would not dare confront their husbands about his sexual involvement with slaves. Some wives actually endorsed it while others were just too scared of their husbands to mention it. But the white wives saw a benefit in having a concubine in the home. She was not only satisfying the personal needs of her white slave owner, she would also become the wife's personal servant.
The White Female and Pregnancy
The wives of plantation owners soon accustomed to a bitter laziness, they had more time on their hands than the clock on the wall. They had house slaves to do every single task for them. As a matter of fact, most plantation wives sat and enjoyed the breeze while either enjoying cold lemonade or a strong drink. Then they would join up for shopping and tea. The house slaves did the house cleaning, cooking and facilitated any house repairs as commanded by either the plantation owner or his wife. The laziness of the wives soon took a new low. When the wives became pregnant for their husbands, it was joy on the plantation. Everyone had to celebrate in the good news, even the dieing slaves in the field had to look happy or risk seeing a noose. After birth, the mother would normally hand over certain duties to the surrogate breast feeder as it also relates to the baby, these includes, caring, watching, changing the baby and feeding the baby breast milk when the slave masters wife was too lazy to do so or was just simply not around to provide milk. This was done for centuries, black female slaves had to breast feed white babies because the white female wanted to keep her breast looking young for her husband. Sometimes milk was extracted from the mother's breast and left for feed, but this was not done often.
How The Slave Produce The Breast Milk
If i tell you how much more horrible slavery was i would still need to tell you a thousand times. When a plantation owner's wife got pregnant, and if she refuses her baby breast milk, the child would then get his/her milk from a nursing mother or a soon to be expected mother, a slave that is of course. The baby of the slave would be taken away and then replaced by the white baby so the baby can get all the nutriment needed for development, while the black baby was rarely looked upon. Many slave owners, who plan on having a child, would include having a slave impregnated at the same time simply to use that pregnant slave as the breast for the white baby. Some slaves were actually brainwashed into thinking that this was a privilege to have a white baby suck on their breast. This was part of the development of mental slavery.
Of course, slaves who fed their breast milk to white babies were treated differently. They were not beaten, they were well fed and had closer access to their slave master's properties. So these little white babies grew up strong on black slave milk and some developed a closer bond to the feeder than the actual mother, of course this would not be allowed to continue for long because as soon as they didn't need any more black titties, they were sent back out in the fields, never to speak of or touch the little white baby again.
How The Breast Milk Affected the White Babies
Didn't make much of a difference, all breast milk from all race of women carry the same nutritional compounds that were needed for properly nourishing the baby. They developed just as any other white child. Except for the natural mother child bond that was created when any child gets nurtured by the breast.
Whitney on October 13, 2020:
Thank you for this informative info on slavery. My heart breaks for the cruelty and evil that so many endured. In the end , the slave owners had to face Almighty God, and give an account for such evil behavior. That is where I can have some form of peace knowing God will have the last say! The Bible says - And the last shall be first and the first shall be last- I m sure this applies in this case! Amen! I’m not black but I am a human being!
Hertha David from Windhoek, Namibia on July 13, 2020:
This one one of the best articles on slavery
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on July 12, 2020:
Interesting. I never knew they timed the pregnancies. Thank you for this article.
Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on July 02, 2020:
Clive, it's really very sad to know these details. Hope people right now are not going to trouble any community in this way.
Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on June 28, 2020:
Delia, I understand your point
Delia on June 28, 2020:
What an interesting and well written page. The cruelty of mankind will be accounted for and judged by God, and they will pay the price. The inhuman treatment of a human-being whether from another country or different race, etc... is unconscionable. I pray that I live long enough to see this world change...especially America!! I’m from another country and feel ashamed of all countries that have gone against God’s creations...however, I CANNOT HATE a human, only their cruel deeds...
Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on June 26, 2020:
That's true SJ
SJ on June 26, 2020:
Hey Clive! What's great is that more than one thing can be true at once. Women can want to nourish their babies in the best ways they know how, and also want to preserve some semblance of their looks, and also want to use their ideas and talents in contribution in business or the workplace. Professional women can breastfeed if they want to, they just need support. The prime minister of New Zealand breastfed while running the country. I operate from a framework of creation and possibility so I'm always focused on how multiple things can work well at once.
Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on June 26, 2020:
SJ, that's quite interesting. But I also believe that one reason why they do not support breastfeeding is because of social status and looks. As women move up the business ladder, many seem to forget that they are women and have womanly duties to perform such as breastfeeding. One other thing is that nowadays women see breastfeeding as old fashioned and do not want a drag on their breast in order to maintain their features. But as you stated SJ, a lot of education needs to be done.
SJ on June 26, 2020:
What an interesting article for a man to write. It's because of this--traumatic breastfeeding, that there is an aversion to breastfeeding in the black community, and we statistically have the lowest breastfeeding rates---it's from generational trauma. I did a thesis on restoring breastfeeding to the black community, it's a passion of mine. The highest breastfeeding rates in the world at the time of my project were in African countries, with Rwanda leading everyone, but here in America, black women as a population are breastfeeding less than any other race. The reason is highlighted in what you've written here. The way back, in part, is supporting, educating and de-traumatizing breastfeeding in vulnerable communities. Traumatized women discouraged their daughters from breastfeeding here in the US and that has continued down to this day, The most critical piece in my humble opinion is the support of the baby's father.
Thanks for writing this!
MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 23, 2020:
It is a very interesting and sad article. Sometimes I feel why didn't the church intervene?
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2020:
Aa sad but interesting article, Clive. Thank you for sharing.
Suchismita Pradhan from India on June 03, 2020:
Your artcle is very impactful,treating humans like a animal is not accepted,its a inhuman activity.Thanks for focusing the light on this angle of the society.
Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on March 13, 2020:
Enjoying wine and getting beaten
Me on March 13, 2020:
Where is that babies MOTHER??
AP Petty from America on January 03, 2018:
Thank you for offering this angle upon slavery and breastfeeding. When putting the pictures alongside the words you wrote, they add a humanistic quality to them, because they were actually people.
Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on October 08, 2016:
Hello Eric, your input is very appreciated
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 08, 2016:
My adoptive parents and older siblings never talked about it. But it seems rather obvious that as a baby I had a "nursemaid". Sure I'm pretty sure that baby formula came around 1870. But I also would believe that informed folks knew it was not as nutritious as breast milk until about 1970.
Your careful examination of the US slave culture was very enlightening.
Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on October 07, 2016:
as usual always exploring, god bless
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 07, 2016:
As you know, I am an avid reader about slavery, and I've read about this practice. The slave owners were so cruel to their slaves. ( Some say not all owners were cruel. ) I say that anyone thinking that owning a slave was ok was a cruel person with absolutely no heart. I love the pictures. Peace my friend.
Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on October 07, 2016:
yes Glenn, i hope so too
Glenn Waters on October 07, 2016:
WOW, this is eye opening, and the photos show the truth. I read about something this horrible being done in China before the communist revolution, the wealthy land owners would do much the same to the peasant village women who could nurse. Their babies would starve. Some evil emperors, and even wealthy landowners wanted the mothers milk for themselves leaving nothing for the babies of these women. These monsters were grown men drinking the breast milk that would leave nothing for the babies of these women, the children would starve to death. Thank you for writing this Hub. Hopefully one day humanity will learn from the cruelties of their past, and not ever repeat them.