The United States has a long and shameful history of treating women as property | Michael Coard

In writing this week’s column, the misogynistic and theocratic majority of the United States Supreme Court overturned approximately 50 years of legal precedent by overturning Roe v. Wade of 1973, thus declaring that women’s bodies do not belong to them but rather belong to the majority male government.

Replica of the 1848 slave auction poster displayed at the Michigan Street Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York (Image via The Philadelphia Tribune).

In doing so, the court also said – in effect – that if women and girls die while being forced into dangerous clandestine abortions, so be it.

It is estimated that there were between 630,000 and 886,000 abortions in 2021. This means that nearly 900,000 women and girls could die in 2022 due to this Supreme Court reversal.

It’s wrong when men control the bodies of women and girls. In fact, it’s very bad. But it was worse during slavery.

Have you ever heard of the expression “bud’n out?” If you have been or have friends who have been on social media in the past few days, you have certainly seen or heard this phrase in a post that has gone viral. But if not, keep reading this article because I will explain it to you. However, because The Tribune is a publication of impressive distinction, I won’t be as graphic as I probably should be in explaining the phrase. But I’ll make sure you understand how horribly obscene it is.

As you can see directly under the title of this article, the phrase “bud’n out” is included in the “slave auction” poster.

As reported on on June 21:

“A poster advertising ‘slaves for sale’… has gone viral on Twitter after its contents horrified those who read it. The poster also features the phrase ‘bud’n out’, the meaning of which is even worse than you might think…. The poster advertises a public auction held Thursday, April 12, 1848 at O’Donald’s Auction House in Charleston, South Carolina.

And as documented on in its June 16 essay, about the historic Michigan Street Baptist Church, which began with a pastor and an abolitionist congregation in 1836, is the first black church in Buffalo, New York and has served as a key stop on the Underground Railroad:

“There were a few deeply troubling things [Bishop William Henderson highlighted]. Of the 18 women for sale [as shown on the poster], 8 … came with “future insurance”, meaning they could still have children. So in essence, pay the price for a human and you have the potential to receive more.

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It is outrageously inhuman. And it gets worse. The essay goes on to point out that the learned Bishop Henderson said that:

“Even scarier is… the description of the 6 girls [in connection with the phrase ‘bud’n out].’ This meant two things. Because the girls were pubescent [which is what the phrase means]they were available for the personal pleasure of ‘slave owners’ and also had the possibility of having children—more ‘future assurance’.

Wow! “Bud’n out” means puberty! The National Library of Medicine states that puberty in women begins between the ages of 8 and 12½. That is to say from the age of 8 years. Eight years! Black girls as young as 8 were sold to creepy, perverted, “slave-owner” pedophile men who could legally do to these little girls whatever their sick fantasies desired.

Stop for a minute and think about that. And think of your innocent second/third year granddaughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, niece, great-niece, or great-grandniece.

Then stop for a minute and think about the frequency of not only ‘bud’n out’, but also the rape of enslaved black girls and women throughout the 246 years of American slavery from 1619 to 1865.

Incidentally, whenever a white man raped an enslaved black woman or girl, not only could the ravaged victim not be able to file a criminal complaint, but that victim also could not sue in civil court for injury. bodily or emotional distress. However, if the “owner” was not the rapist, that owner could (if he preferred) sue the perpetrator for “property damage”. WTF? !

In editor Merril D. Smith’s “Encyclopedia of Rape,” published in 2018, Yale University archivist and librarian Dannell Moon pointed out that slavery in that country encompassed a wide range of rape and of sexual abuse.

And Nell Irvin Painter, professor, historian and former president of the Organization of American Historians, aptly described what happened in this viciously relentless and all-consuming sexual hell of exploitation as “soul murder” for the victims, with the trauma that often results. leading to deep depression and irreversible low self-esteem. Painter passionately developed this concept in his 1995 scholarly paper, “Soul Murder and Slavery: Toward a Fully Loaded Cost Accounting.”

I should mention that the “slave-owning” rapists weren’t exclusively the stereotypical toothless hillbilly type like the degenerates in the movie “Deliverance.”

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They also included politically influential people. And no one is more politically influential than an American president. During their lifetime, the following 12 presidents enslaved black people (and the last eight did so while in office): Martin Van Buren with one, Ulysses S. Grant with five, Andrew Johnson with eight, William Henry Harrison with 11, James K. Polk with 25, John Tyler with 70, James Monroe with 75, James Madison with around 100-125, Zachary Taylor with around 150, Andrew Jackson with around 150-200, Thomas Jefferson with 267 and George Washington with 316.

And what do you think many or most of these powerful white men probably did to these powerless black women and girls? You certainly don’t think Thomas Jefferson was the exception, do you? As an American envoy and minister to France, Jefferson began living there periodically from 1784 to 1789.

He took with him his eldest daughter Martha and some of those he enslaved, including James Hemings. In 1787, he asked that his daughter Polly join him. This meant that Polly’s enslaved maid, 14-year-old seamstress Sally Hemings (James’ younger sister), had to accompany her.

Sally and James were among six mulatto descendants of Jefferson’s stepfather, John Wayles, and his enslaved “maid” Betty Hemings. Sally and James were half-siblings to Jefferson’s late wife, Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson (meaning Thomas Jefferson and Sally were technically related). Jefferson, after repeatedly raping Sally in Paris, impregnated her. Their first child died after returning to America. But she had six more of her children at Monticello.

And don’t forget West Ford, whose descendants say he is the mulatto son of George Washington. And here’s why. Washington and Ford are spitting images at each other, as the historical drawings of the two in their early twenties clearly prove. Log on to to see them.

Additionally, Ford’s mother, Venus, belonged to Washington’s brother and sister-in-law at the Bushfield Plantation, which Washington visited several times, including around July 1784–January 1785 when Ford was conceived. Additionally, Venus said that Washington was Ford’s father. Additionally, Ford became Washington’s personal attendant at the Bushfield Plantation during Washington’s frequent visits there when they rode and hunted together and attended church together—until all of this ends abruptly when Washington becomes president in 1789.

And it’s not just presidents who have likely raped enslaved black women and girls. That was probably most or most of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, since 41 of them were slaveholders. And of the 55 signers of the US Constitution, 25 were slaveholders.

Elizabeth Keckley, the mulatto daughter of a raped mother, wrote a captivating book, “Behind the Scenes; Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House”, published in 1868.

She recounted the “savage efforts [of a white man] to control my pride” and added: “I was considered beautiful by someone of my race, and for four years a white man … had his sights set on me. I don’t want to dwell on this subject, because it is one that is fraught with pain. Suffice it to say that he persecuted me for four years and I…became a mother. The child he fathered was the only child I ever had.

Before concluding this article, I must thank Tamorah Shareef Muhammad very much. It’s the sistah with the Twitter account @ModestyQueen19 who on June 19 tweeted his righteous outrage as he lit up the social media universe with his now-viral tweet about the horribly obscene phrase “bud’n out” in the poster. sadistically diabolical of “the slave auction”.

Sistas have always endured hell in America. Sistahs have always fought hell in America. The sistahs continue to fight hell in America. And victory is near.

And soon they will sit on matriarchal thrones as their ancient African ancestors did.

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