Beyond the whip of the master.
November 8, 2021
By Kerry A. Thomas
History has certainly done a number on humanity, globally.
Wars, death, famines, exploitations, debauchery are mother earth’s centuries old plagues.
When it comes to Ebony culture across the colonies, our stories are more than tales and are hard to digest. I am unsure if any who reads, researches or comes across this information can ever get over the atrocities lived and experienced by our ancestors that carry over today. But I can hope that we realize the past 100 years these stories are still the same and should not exist any longer.
Identifying key factors connected to what many seem to hold on to as “Black” culture that permeates the slave master’s ideology and treatments as our culture must be eradicated to materialize the full Ebony potential.
The “Black” culture today we find a history full of sorrow, erased history and soul genocide.
How we do come back from this?
No really, how do we?
Across the colonies in the Caribbean, keeping slaves in “good, workable order” was essential to maintain, leverage or maximize profits. Sounds like corporations and business today.
Slaves were a commodity, chattel and the livelihood of those who considered themselves masters of the slaves.
We’ve heard the stories of Christopher Columbus and his connections to selling slaves along with the abuse and disease which ensued upon the Indigenous he found on the land.
In America, the practices of keeping the Negros in line continued through the use of various psychological conditioning in shows, theaters, pamphlets, leaflets, laws, codes and policies.
There is a story about a man by the name of Wyllie Lynch. Any connection to lynching, hmmm? It is said this man came from England to teach how to keep slaves “in check” by putting the lighter skinned against the dark skinned, the old against the young and so forth.
Whether this is true or not, it seems to have worked and continues to work when it comes to community and social issues. For example Martin Luther King against Malcolm X. etc.
Women, growing up in their new hemisphere on plantations were introduced to a new way of life that stripped them of all they’ve known. Going from a matriarchal system to patriarchal was one. The glory and praise towards women who were mothers was removed to practices of unworthiness when reduced to chattel.
The men, regrettably faced many inhumane treatment, as well, beyond the whip of the master.
Breaking the buck, became a normalized practice among slave masters, their sons, family and friends that it reduced and stripped Negro men of identity, strength and honour.
Many were demonized or sodomized in front of their young children. This would have affected their mental development into grown men. The wives, sisters and women also witnessed the debauchery and could do nothing but perhaps try to keep their young ones from that treatment.
Men and women were forced into sexual relations as part of the slave breeding strategy to save money on importing slaves. Many times this often included breeding father with daughters and sons with mothers and brothers with sisters.
When a slave master sought to violate a Negro man sometimes the acts committed against him were by other males of his own race.
In analyzing these acts, there are numerous documents, books and research papers on psychology and criminology that would consider these types of acts as grooming. Grooming children through visual torture and fear. Instilling the idea of what their fate would be if not to please their masters desires. The whip. Ironically The party whip is a member of parliament who is chosen by their team to be the team manager.
Buck Breaking was done to cripple the ego and strength of the male slaves. Today it is idolized, normalized and praised.
Most slaves after being raped committed suicide as they could not “live with the shame”. History archives have it that Buck Breaking wasn’t only a white-master-to-African-male-slave thing, most times two or more African male slaves were forced to rape each other.
Buck breaking seems like an act to socially condition or groom a race of people cut off from their land, history, identity and culture into a new one to become their own and carry the baton for it.Tweet
When you hear comments today such as the LGBTQ population is mainly a “Black” thing when did this happen? Or maybe it is a “black” thing. If we use black not related to race.
Places like Atlanta is known for breaking the buck. As well, it boasts a huge homosexual population that it launched a Lil Nas X Day. Reminding these Negros of their voluntary submission to an act that was forced upon their forefathers resulting in mental, emotional, physical and soul scarring with many killing themselves from the shame of being emasculated.
Greek philosophers said the man who was taken was the one seen as the weaker sex and sometimes could face ridicule publicly for being weaker and letting himself be emasculated.
It was common practice during the days of the Plato’s academy for scholars or elites to have themselves a boy student that he could “mentor.”
It was customary then as it is now in India and other parts of the world for old men to have young boys.
The academy was founded on recruiting and the “education” of young men on this philosophy that was to be passed on to generations. When one goes to university as conservatives or liberals he or she is likely studying in an institution founded on classical liberal arts and these philosophies.
Education etymologically meaning ” to rear or lead a child.”
Each man was to find himself a young boy before puberty and break the buck (if dealing with a slave) or “rear the arse,” for those being educated in classical liberal arts.
The young boy was to be without beard and still young in his body. Even Emperor Nero married one such lad, a Eunuch. He allegedly kicked his second wife Sabina to death in 65 A.D. In this article he met a slave boy named Sporus who looked like Sabina. Nero had Sporus castrated and took him as his bride.
With the academy scholars, the moment the child’s body shown hair or manliness the act was to stop and it was his turn to educate “rear” other students. This became part of the aristocratic way of being. And also in the military.
For slaves, it was breaking the buck and for non slaves – it was taught academically acceptable to rear the children based on some of the ideologies mentioned. The child should have been without manly features and as he grows into a man he is to pass on the baton of this practice.
When it came to slave masters, their children would have been exposed to these practices and the men most likely could have suffered mental distress just as much as the Negro slaves.
Both Ebony men and Ivory men experienced harsh treatments endured from the slave masters. Just as much as the women experienced degraded treatment as wives of slave masters and concubines and children.
From our research into this subject, there is high potential that many leaders throughout the centuries have passed on this debauchery to their children in high places. Just as it was passed on to the children in low places and becomes acceptable to the people in middle class.
Our previous article on how to live your soul best we ask the question, how did we get here to live in a society where abuse and incest has become a common practice.
Thomas Foster says that although historians have begun to cover sexual abuse during slavery, few focus on sexual abuse of men and boys because of the assumption that only enslaved women were victimized. Foster suggests that men and boys may have also been forced into unwanted sexual activity; one problem in documenting such abuse is that they, of course, did not bear mixed-race children. Both masters and mistresses were thought to have abused male slaves.
Historian and author Nell Irvin Painter, says what happened to our race was “soul murder, the feeling of anger, depression and low self-esteem” in describing the effects of this abuse, linking it to slavery.
Angela Davis contends that the systematic rape of female slaves is analogous to the supposed medieval concept of droit du seigneur, believing that the rapes were a deliberate effort by slaveholders to extinguish resistance in women and reduce them to the status of animals.
Many women were raped, and had little control over their families. Children, free women, indentured servants, and men were not immune from abuse by masters and owners.
Nell Irvin Painter also explains that the psychological outcome of such treatment often had the same result of “soul murder”. Children, especially young girls, were often subjected to sexual abuse by their masters, their masters’ children, and relatives.
Our analyses on “Black” culture from emancipation until now shows that Black culture is based on soul genocide and then reinvented into becoming Black.
What we are taught were means of survival not as earth beings, but in the White man’s slave system. Our intelligence, a large degree his and appears to be more a function of the familial or social environment than of the inherited constitution. The inherited constitution being of debauchery, lies and shame.
All people outside of the slave traders have suffered and it’s due time these people with a hand in the slave trade then and now help in fixing the issues by breaking the cycle.
Every Sunday, The Reset Community hosts Breaking The Cycle. The objective is to connect with people who want to break the cycle of debauchery, incest, abuse, or overcome their moral injury as a result of actions they committed knowingly or unknowingly.
Together with people who really care, we can reset our communities, our minds, our heart and our souls right. But we all have to be willing to have these elephant in the room conversations to achieve real solutions.
The United Nations says it wants to end poverty as part of its SDGs. We can end poverty when we end age old practices harmful to humanity. Breaking the buck is one of those practices that need to end to help eradicate poverty.
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Kerry A. Thomas is a charismatic Public Relations and Communications Specialist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is co-founder of The Reset Community, host of The Reset News and currently conducts clinical research as a Systemic Racism Explorer. Her professional experience includes journalism, politics, media relations and was a candidate in the 2018 Running Man Municipal Elections. She has served in various communities for 20 years on boards and committees. Now, she is embarking on redefining the narrative by helping to reshape the world.
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