What is Buck Breaking? In essence, “buck breaking” occurred when an angry American slave master thought a slave was being defiant and needed to be taught a lesson, hence, the African male slave would be forced to lower his pants and bend forward over a tree stump [or a similar protrusion] with his buttocks propped up in the air. The American slave master, and/or someone he’d appoint to carry out an ensuing inhumane act, would then proceed to flog the slave almost to a state of unconsciousness. Circumstances would then get worse for the slave, as the slave master, whom likely was driven by homosexual urges, would then proceed to rape the slave in front of his wife, kids, and friends, whilst inviting other white homosexual males to join in on the heinous sodomy act. It was the ultimate emasculation of the African male slave for being defiant toward his white slave masters. Accordingly, 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. Often African male slaves who endured such brutality and humiliation would commit suicide, or abandon their families altogether.
— So, young folk, what are your feelings around the sagging pants fad considering the deplorable history behind it?
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.
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