WALKING WHILE BLACK: The Laws For The Negro At Nighttime In the USA #CURSETHECOTTON

by Mirika C on January 10, 2016

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Curse the CottonSo here we are, living in 2016, while black/African American children are being gunned down by police officers who get off with murder, but did you know that there were laws to WALKING WHILE BLACK in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? Sure, we all know about slaves, segregation and the like, however, have you ever read A LAW for the REGULATING OF NEGROES AND SLAVES IN THE NIGHTTIME?

First let’s define regulation. Regulation means to control or supervise something. Therefore, we can replace the word “regulation” with “control” in the written law to the bottom of this paragraph.  The government of New York (yes, up north had their share of racist issues, too, contrary to what many believe)  put in the law that no Negro, Mulatto or Indian slave above the age of 14 years old are to appear on the streets of the city after sunset, and if found an hour after sunset without a candle or lantern that can be well seen as lit, they are to be arrested and confined until the next day until the owner can pay them out of confinement – four shillings. However, before they could actually leave the jail, they had to be flogged, or beat with a whip or stick PUBLICLY with no more than 40 lashes.

See the full law here: http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47db-bd0f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

This was all because they weren’t carrying a candle or accompanied by a supervisor.

Now again, we are here in 2016.  This law was written in 1731.  Do you now understand why the law is “harder” on blacks than whites?  It’s all a huge part of American society.  The law has never been FOR the black man, but always against him, even if he does make it home on time.  That’s the reason for the ultimate force that comes out during a peaceful African American protest.  REGULATION CONTROL perhaps?

African Americans were a target then, and unfortunately, are a target now.

This is black suffering and enslavement in the USA.  This is another moment of white history and treatment toward blacks in America.  #CursetheCotton

Curse the Cotton

**It’s hard for some to face, but because we were in it together (Caucasians/whites, Native Americans and blacks/African Amercians), it is going to take togetherness to get out of it (racism) in the country that we all share.  Nations fall when not unified.** 

 

 

 

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