|African-Americans in the United States|
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Frederick Douglass writes:
"The following treatise, to the knowledgeable, will be the missing link that
has been sought to explain how we were put into the condition that we find
ourselves in today. It confirms the fact that the slave holder tried to
leave nothing to chance when it came to his property; his slaves. It
demonstrates, how out of necessity, the slave holder had to derive a system
for perpetuating his cash crop, the slave, while at the same time insulating
himself from retribution by his unique property.
A careful analysis of the following "handbook" will hopefully change the
ignorant among our people who say "Why study slavery ?" Those narrow minded
people will be shown that the condition of our people today is due to a
scientific and psychological blue print for the perpetuation of the mental
condition that allowed slavery to flourish. The slaveholder was keenly aware
of the breeding principles of his livestock and the following treatise
demonstrates that he thoroughly used those principles on his human live
stock as well, the African Slave, and added a debilitating psychological
component as well.
It was the interest and business of slaveholders to study human nature, and
the slave nature in particular, with a view to practical results, and many
of them attained astonishing proficiency in this direction. They had to deal
not with earth, wood, and stone, but with men, and by every regard they had,
for their own safety and prosperity, the need to know the material on which
they were to work.
Conscious of the injustice and wrong they were every hour perpetuating and
knowing what they themselves would do if they were the victims of such
wrongs. They were constantly looking for the first signs of the dreaded
retribution. They watched, therefore, with skilled and practiced eyes, and
learned to read, with great accuracy, the state of mind and heart of the
slave, through his stable face. Unusual sobriety, apparent abstraction,
sullenness, and indifference, indeed any mood out of the common way afforded
ground for suspicion and inquiry. Let's Make A Slave" is a study of the
scientific process of man breaking and slave making. It describes the
rationale and results of the Anglo Saxon's ideas and methods of insuring the
Let us make a slave. What do we need? First of all we need a black nigger
man, a pregnant nigger woman and her baby nigger boy. Second, we will use
the same basic principle that we use in breaking a horse, combined with some
more sustaining factors. We reduce them from their natural state in nature;
whereas nature provides them with the natural capacity to take care of their
needs and the needs of their offspring, we break that natural string of
independence from them and thereby create a dependency state so that we
maybe able to get from them useful production for our business and pleasure.
1) Both horse and niggers are no good to the economy in the wild or natural
2) Both must be broken and tied together for orderly production.
3) For orderly futures, special and particular attention must be paid to the female and the youngest offspring.
4) Both must be crossbred to produce a variety and division of labor.
5) Both must be taught to respond to a peculiar new language.
6) Psychological and physical instruction of containment must be created for both.
We hold the above six cardinals as truths to be self-evident, based upon the
following discourse concerning the economics of breaking and tying the horse
and nigger together...all inclusive of the six principles laid down above.
NOTE: Neither principles alone will suffice for good economics. All
principles must be employed for the orderly good of the nation. Accordingly,
both a wild horse and a wild or natural nigger is dangerous even if
captured, for they will have the tendency to seek their customary freedom,
and, in doing so, might kill you in your sleep. You cannot rest. They sleep
while you are awake and are awake while you are asleep. They are dangerous
near the family house and it requires too much labor to watch them away from
the house. Above all you cannot get them to work in this natural state.
Hence, both the horse and the nigger must be broken, that is break them from
one form of mental life to another, keep the body and take the mind. In
other words, break the will to resist.
Now the breaking process is the same for the horse and the nigger, only
slightly varying in degrees. But as we said before, You must keep your eye
focused on the female and the offspring of the horse and the nigger. A brief
discourse in offspring development will shed light on the key to sound
economic principles. Pay little attention to the generation of original
breaking but concentrate on future generations. Therefore, if you break the
female, she will break the offspring in its early years of development and,
when the offspring is old enough to work, she will deliver it up to you. For
her normal female protective tendencies will have been lost in the original
breaking process. For example, take the case of the wild stud horse, a
female horse and an already infant horse and compare the breaking process
with two captured nigger males in their natural state, a pregnant nigger
woman with her infant offspring. Take the stud horse, break him for limited
containment. Completely break the female horse until she becomes very gentle
whereas you or anybody can ride her in comfort. Breed the mare and the stud
until you have the desired offspring. Then you can turn the stud to freedom
until you need him again. Train the female horse whereby she will eat out of
your hand, and she will train the infant horse to eat out of your hand also.
When it comes to breaking the uncivilized nigger, use the same process, but
vary the degree and step up the pressure so as to do a complete reversal of
the mind. Take the meanest and most restless nigger, strip him of his
clothes in front of the remaining male niggers, the female, and the nigger
infant, tar and feather him, tie each leg to a different horse faced in
opposite directions, set him afire and beat both horses to pull him apart in
front of the remaining niggers. The next step is to take a bullwhip and beat
the remaining nigger male to the point of death in front of the female and
the infant. Don't kill him. But put the fear of God in him, for he can be
useful for future breeding.
Therefore, we shall go deeper into this area of the subject matter
concerning what we have produced here in this breaking of the female nigger.
We have reversed the relationships. In her natural uncivilized state she
would have a strong dependency on the uncivilized nigger male, and she would
have a limited protective dependency toward her independent male offspring
and would raise female offspring to be dependent like her. Nature had
provided for this type of balance. We reversed nature by burning and pulling
one civilized nigger apart and bull whipping the other to the point of
death--all in her presence. By her being left alone, unprotected, with the
male image destroyed, the ordeal caused her to move from her psychological
dependent state to a frozen independent state. In this frozen psychological
state of independence she will raise her male and female offspring in
reversed roles. For fear of the young male's life she will psychologically
train him to be mentally weak and dependent but physically strong. Because
she has become psychologically independent, she will train her female
offspring to be psychological independent as well. What have you got? You've
got the nigger woman out front and the nigger man behind and scared. This is
a perfect situation for sound sleep and economics. Before the breaking
process, we had to be alert and on guard at all times. Now we can sleep
soundly, for out of frozen fear, his woman stands guard for us. He cannot
get past her early infant slave molding process. He is a good tool, now
ready to be tied to the horse at a tender age. By the time a nigger boy
reaches the age of sixteen, he is soundly broken in and ready for a long
life of sound and efficient work and the reproduction of a unit of good
Continually, through the breaking of uncivilized savage niggers, by throwing
the nigger female savage into a frozen psychological state of independency,
by killing the protective male image, and by creating a submissive dependent
mind of the nigger male slave, we have created an orbiting cycle that turns
on its own axis forever, unless a phenomenon occurs and reshifts the
positions of the male and female savages. We show what we mean by example.
We breed two nigger males with two nigger females. Then we take the nigger
males away from them and keep them moving and working. Say the nigger female
bears a nigger female and the other bears a nigger male. Both nigger
females, being without influence of the nigger male image, frozen with an
independent psychology, will raise their offspring into reverse positions.
The one with the female offspring will teach her to be like herself,
independent and negotiable (we negotiate with her, through her, by her, and
negotiate her at will) The one with the nigger male offspring, she being
frozen with a subconscious fear for his life, will raise him to be mentally
dependent and weak, but physically strong...in other words, body over mind.
Now, in a few years when these two offspring become fertile for early
reproduction, we will mate and breed them and continue the cycle. That is
good, sound, and long range comprehensive planning.
Our experts warned us about the possibility of this phenomenon occurring,
for they say that the mind has a strong drive to correct and recorrect
itself over a period of time if it can touch some substantial original
historical base; and they advised us that the best way to deal with this
phenomenon is to shave off the brute's mental history and create a
multiplicity of phenomenon or illusions so that each illusion will twirl in
its own orbit, something akin to floating balls in a vacuum. This creation
of a multiplicity of phenomenon or illusions entails the principles of
crossbreeding the nigger and the horse as we stated above, the purpose of
which is to create a diversified division of labor. The results of which is
the severance of the points of original beginning's for each spherical
illusion. Since we feel that the subject matter may get more complicated as
we proceed in laying down our economic plan concerning the purpose, reason,
and effect of cross-breeding horses and niggers, we shall lay down the
following definitional terms for future generations.
1. Orbiting cycle means a thing turning in a given pattern. 2. Axis means
upon which or around which a body turns. 3. Phenomenon means something
beyond ordinary conception and inspires awe and wonder. 4. Multiplicity
means a great number. 5. Sphere means a globe. 6. Cross-breeding a horse
means taking a horse and breeding it with an ass and you get a dumb backward
ass, longheaded mule that is not reproductive nor productive by itself. 7.
Cross-breeding niggers means taking so many drops of good white blood and
putting them into as many nigger women as possible, varying the drops by the
various tones that you want, and then letting them breed with each other
until the circle of colors appear as you desire.
What this means is this: Put the niggers and the horse in the breeding pot,
mix some asses and some good white blood and what do you get? You got a
multiplicity of colors of ass backwards, unusual niggers, running, tied to
backwards ass longheaded mules, the one productive of itself, the other
sterile. (The one constant, the other dying. We keep the nigger constant for
we may replace the mule for another tool) both mule and nigger tied to each
other, neither knowing where the other came from and neither productive for
itself, nor without each other.