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What is this?Edit

In this picture there is a white man auctioning an African American baby. He's holding the naked baby by its left arm and is holding s gavel in his opposite hand. The white man is standing on a table. He is standing on the table and is showing everyone what he is doing. The white man is dressed up in a suit and so are all the other white men in the picture. All the white men in the picture are wearing hats except for the man auctioning the baby. There are white men smoking and holding whips. There's an African American woman kneeling on the ground trying to get her child from the white man and she can't get up or they will whip her. There are also other African Americans that are chained or being whipped and will soon be auctioned.

What do we know about it?Edit

The man who is auctioning the slaves is a Methodist named Mr. Young. He owned a large number of slaves who all attended his church. When Mr. Young became in debt and started to sell his property and his slaves. First he sold the men then the women and children. A woman was told to lay down her child and get on the auction block. She refused and held on to her child while she got whipped on her back. Some of the Christian slaves that were hand-cuffed asked is they could knee and pray before the were separated.

High School Students should study this so they can know more about the history instead of just knowing that African Americans were slaves, and so that Hispanics can know that they have different races inside of them. So, being "100% Puerto Rican" actually means being Taino, European, and African -- at least, for most people. What I mean is that Hispanics need to know that they have African blood in them. You know Piri Thomas' quote in New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone, where he explains how the cops pushed him around, telling him to get his black self out? And he was like, "I'm not black. I'm Puerto Rican." And the cops said, "I don't care what kind of black you are! Get Out!" Piri Thomas is a dark-skinned Puerto Rican.

ResourcesEdit

Slave Auction, U.S. South, ca. 1840s

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