First, what is buck busting, or buck breaking?
Buck breaking occurred when American slave masters grew angry about African male slaves being defiant. As a result, the masters used flogging and male-on-male rape to discipline and emasculate the slave in front of family and the slave community in which he was a part.
Essentially the male slave would be forced to lower his pants and bend forward over a tree stump [or similar protrusion] so that his buttocks were propped up and allowed for easy anal sex. The slave master, or someone he instructed to carry out the inhumane-sadistic act [apparently even family members], would then proceed to flog the slave almost to a state of unconsciousness. The slave’s circumstances would then turn for the worst as the slave master would act on his homosexual urges and proceed to rape the slave in front of his wife, kids, and community. Even more humiliating, the slave master would invite other white homosexual males to participate in the atrocious sodomizing act. Thereafter, the humiliated slave would be coerced by the slave master to wear his trousers without a belt so that they’d sag, which served as proof [like branded cattle] the slave had been aptly broken in. Needless to add, it was the ultimate emasculation of the African male slave for being defiant toward his white slave masters.
All considered buck breaking was an ungodly, evil disciplinary tool employed to strike fear into the hearts of the African male slave, his family, peers, and community alike, in that they were never to challenge their slave masters on any level. Regrettably, African male slaves who endured such horrific brutality and humiliation would sometimes commit suicide or abandon their families altogether.
Also see “5 horrifying ways enslaved African men were sexually exploited and abused by their white masters” by Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson.
Related content: affluent American White women who owned African male slaves forced them to engage in sexual acts too. Read about it here.
More related content: The Atlantic Slave Trade