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Term of The Week: Drapetomania

Author: Tafari, Thursday, April 12th, 2007 at 1:12 AM Mindspill I got the idea for this week’s term while watching "CSA" (Confederate States of America). CSA is a mockumentary that examines American history post Emancipation Proclamation if the confederate army won. If you have not seen or heard about it, I suggest you check it out. It's pretty funny & actually makes you think about some things. I hate to spoil but one of my favorite parts in the movie is when the historian tells the story of Harriet Tubman rescuing Abraham Lincoln & puts him in Black Face. He then questions her about it & she, look we both Niggas now, so come on and let's roll! Drapetomania - A Mental Disease, which gives slaves the urge to want to run away from their sweet & loving slave master. Etymology - (drapetes - a runaway (in this case a negro slave)) (mania – madness or frenzy) MindspillDrapetomania was manufactured by Samuel A. Cartwright, a Louisiana physician. The diagnosis appeared in a paper published in the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal, where Dr. Cartwright argued that the tendency of slaves to run away from their captors was in fact a treatable medical disorder. His feeling was that with "proper medical advice, strictly followed, this troublesome practice that many Negroes have of running away can be almost entirely prevented. "Cartwright suggested that the only way to cure a slave from this infliction was to beat the shit out of him. Cartwright also said that if treated kindly, well fed and clothed, with fuel enough to keep a small fire burning all night - separated into families, each family having its own house - not permitted to run about at night to visit their neighbors, to receive visits or use intoxicating liquors, and not overworked or exposed too much to the weather, they are very easily governed - more so than any other people in the world. ----------------------------------------------------------- Drapetomania Today: My POV: Sometimes I apply this term to our Black men, who seem to be affected by this disease. Why do I say this? Well, I think about all of those babies with no daddies. I think about all of the Black women out they with a man who will not marry them because "they are not ready". Bottom line is I see a lot of Black men running away from responsibility & this eats me up as a Black man holding it down in my home & community. I will end here because I am on the verge of a rant. Related Post ~Slave Economics (SECO 101)

15 Responses to “Term of The Week: Drapetomania”

  1. Darius T. Williams Says:

    see what I’m saying…you never seem to fail me. You’re one of my absolute favorite bloggers!

  2. Cluizel Says:

    Ooohhh…now I have a new movie to watch!

    Now I am going to be waiting for you to use that in a sentence…


  3. DJ Black Adam Says:

    Saw it. Sad part, is that there are uncanny similarities of the CSA to the USA…

  4. Sugar Says:

    I saw this a few months ago!!! I’ve been telling people I know to check it out. Isn’t it amazing how different things would be if the South had won the war???! What about the chicken place in Utah??? Damn!

  5. Lola Gets Says:

    Wow, I never would have made the connection between the 19th century definition of Draptomania and our current state of relationship affairs. Hm. Defenitely deep. Imma have to think about this.

  6. Bygbaby Says:

    Darius – Thx for the love man, I really appreciate that!!! Now I just hope that I can live up. Thanks for the pressure LOL.

    Cluziel – This is a must have!!! It is funny & really makes you think, especially toward the end

    DJ Black Adam – You ain’t neva lyin’

    Sugar – I hear you, I kept trying to tell my peeps. I think I may organize a watch party. Sounds like a fun idea now that I put it out there.

    Lola – I tried to show the relevance & it is ironic. Another irony that I like to debate Slave breeding back then & now: babies having babies, who’s fault is it & are we hard coded. Damn, that sounds like a book title.


  7. my left wisdom is smarting Says:

    very deep as always.

  8. Stephen Bess Says:

    This was a fantastic post!!!! I’d give it 5 thumbs if I had 5 thumbs to give. I’ve learned something new. Thank you.

  9. Lola Gets Says:

    Ok, I thought about it, and now Im back! Bygbaby, are you suggesting that the Black women of today “beat the shit” out of our men when they try to run away, and when they stay, to treat them kindly?? I have pets, so I get the whole positive and negative reinforcement thing, and at times I even apply it to people…but are you saying its ok for me to beat my men?? Let me know, cause Ive been reading up on BDSM flogging techniques…hehehe.

  10. Bygbaby Says:

    Lola, I say yes! Beat that Nigga as soon as you see the signs of Draptmania.

    The beating will either make him stay because he got off on it (using specific BDSM techniques) or either you scarred him straight & he now realizes that he needs to take care of business.

    My wife use to tell me all the time on how she would beat my ass & guess what? We still together after 10 years LOL.

    Beatings should only be applies to Brothas with earning potential, if you are dealing with a broke fool, let that Nigga run LOL.


  11. Cluizel Says:

    Lol…I am going to have to use this now. Time to go shopping for a bat…

  12. Bygbaby Says:

    Don’t hurt em too bad Cluziel. LOL

  13. Lola Gets Says:

    Ok, Im off to the leather store for appropriate flogging apparatuses!

  14. ayankha Says:

    i tried posting a comment previously and i guess it didn’t go through. i first gotta say that i love reading your blog. you definitely discuss topics that swirl through my mind and cross my quite often. the last comment i made was basically asking if you say the movie manderlay. it was a very “enlightening” movie and EVERYTHING was symbolic (even the black & white, dry setting). if not, i recomend it. some people are taken aback by it, but if you really watch it, the message is so powerfully clear.

    Anyway, I am a huge fan of the Negritude poetry and just wanted to say thanks for pointing out the history and works of some of the more famous authors. My mother is from Louisiana with a Romance languages background and while digging through the library she and my dad constructed in the play/learn area of the house, i found a very old book of Negritude poetry– from there I was hooked. it was a nice break from the Black history month classics- langston & maya (not to frown upon them because i enjoy many of their works as well, but it was refreshing to get something new). so just wanted to say big up for this post.

    i also briefly saw a post with lyrics from one of nina simone’s song (mississippi goddam). i loooove her music and i wrote a version of my own. i said i’d never share it, but hey, why not! when i am finished with my finals (tomorrow), i will share.

    I wanted to say lots more, but I am between work and finals. After tomorrow, I will get a chance to read and write on these blogs. In the mean time, please keep doin what you do!

  15. Bygbaby Says:

    Thanks for reposting Ayankha!!! I;m happy that you & many others are digging my content; it makes this such a fun thing to do.

    I just ordered Manderlay on Amazon based on your recommendation so if it sucks, I coming @ you for my 5.50 LOL.

    Your discovery & thought process of the Negritude movement. It is refreshing to know that we have more that mainstream artist (mainstream is not always bad).

    I would love to hear/read your take on Mississippi Goddam. although that song is old as… It can still be applied to today.


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