Friday, September 26, 2014

Alligator Bait

It is truly inspiring to learn more of our people's rich and distinguished history of racist behavior. I am always fascinated to discover some new racist tidbit, and delighted to absorb it into my own vast, hateful repertoire for future use and enjoyment. Today's entry is "Alligator Bait". Let's learn together, quoting...

The headline in the September 21, 1923 Oakland Tribune reads "PICKANINNY BAIT LURES VORACIOUS 'GATOR TO DEATH. And Mother Gets Her Baby Back in Perfect Condition; Also $2". In the article T.W. Villiers chronicles the entire process of using black babies as bait and how "these little black morsels are more than glad to be led to the 'sacrifice' and do their part in lurking the big Florida gators to their fate without suffering so much as a scratch." 

Villiers is quick to point out that the babies are brought out of the "water alive and whole and come out wet and laughing" and that "there is nothing terrible about it, except that it is spelling death for the alligators." In a strange twist, Villiers reports on the hunter's attempts to rationalize the motivation of the alligators to "jeopardize every hope of life for a live baby, and in the matter of color, the additional information is vouchsafed that black babies, in the estimation of the alligators, are far more refreshing, as it were, than white ones."

So, here we have the origin of the koon pursued by an alligator motif! Isn't that delicious?



6 comments:

  1. Awww, aren't those baby rapists cute.

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    1. I suppose that when you say "baby rapists" you mean rapists who are still infants. Whereas if there had been a picture of a group of rabbis, you would have meant rapers of babies.

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  2. Oh the humanity!

    It's so cruel, we'd never be able to get away with that these days.

    Everyone knows alligators aren't ebola-resistant.

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    1. Ha, Ebola-resistant? Admittedly, no. However, that sheboon from yesterday's story who put her baby in the trunk of her car ... I bet $2 could rent you her nigglet for a little gator hunting.

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  3. No doubt, although I reckon it's stuck in a washing machine by now.

    As to Obie's comment above; alligators are baby rapists dontcha know, or at least frighteners/whiteners. And rabbis, they're just shekel/schmekel suckers.

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