Tonight, I happened to view a scene from an old Bette Davis movie, “The Little Foxes” and thought it spoke VOLUMES about the way black slaves were TRAINED to view AND treat black children — AND especially WHO we learned this behavior from.
Even among many black adults today there is a tendency to condemn and demean black children and struggling black youth for being born under impossibly bleak conditions.
The callous and abusive behavior sometimes exhibited toward black children by often frustrated, stressed out black adults and parents has its roots in 400 years of Chattel Slavery.
Some historians believe that black slaves often PUBLICLY showed contempt for black children in order to appease their white slave-owners — AND as a way to protect their children from more vicious beatings–or worse–at the hands of the whites.
For example, a slave mother might beat her child in front of the…
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