Black Babies Used as Alligator Bait in Florida

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It has been pretty well documented recently that, during slavery and into the 20th Century, black babies were used as alligator bait in North and Central Florida.

A guy in Sanford, near Orlando, told this story to a researcher. He said he had heard it from his grandfather.

The slaves who had babies, they would steal the babies during the course of the day, sometimes when their mothers weren't watching... Some would be infants, some would be a year old; he said some would be toddlers. He said they would grab these children and take them down to the swamp and leave them in pens like little chicken coops.

They would go down there at night, take these babies and... tie them up, put a rope around their neck and around their torso, around here, and tie it tight.

They'd be screaming... What they were doing would help them to chum the water. He said when they would throw the babies in tied to this rope, he said in a matter of minutes, he said, the alligators were on them. He said the alligator would clamp his jaws on that child. As a matter of fact, once he clamped on them he was really swallowed. He said you couldn't see anything but the rope! Some would be infants, some would be a year old, toddlers, some would be infants.

The is all from the video below, which was posted on There is more proof, though, according the blog Abagond. Time magazine in 1923 reported the practice had taken place in Chipley, Florida, but the town denied it as "a silly lie, false and absurd."

And there is an account of it in Copper Sun, a 2006 book by Sharon Draper. Moreover, according to Abagond, "alligator bait" was a term used in Harlem in the early part of the century to refer to black children from Florida.

A blog from Ferris State University implies the practice contnued into the 20th Century. In 1908, the Washington Times reported that a keeper at the New York Zoological Garden had baited "alligators with pickaninnies," and on September 21, 1923, the Oakland Tribune reported, "Pickaninny bait lures voracious gator to death... and mother gets her baby back in perfect condition. And $2."

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Florida......sick then and sick now.  


I don't doubt it one bit. The white man I've researched and studied will most definitely do things like this and worse. Learn your "real" history, which you probably really don't want to know about in authentic context.


People use puppies/dogs to attract sharks ? so doesn't really shock me ?Probably happens more often than not for crocs in Africa ?


@Jimbo99  I guess that then makes it okay? Comparing blacks to animals...Disgusting


@JusticeforAll @Jimbo99Hey, I wasn't a contributor to this. Google this in the search box. africa ethiopia starvation

Hard to answer your questions and post a response without realizing that you're trying to make this my issue. What are you doing about it ? What's your solution ? Make Americans work harder, send free aid because our Government can tax us, pay off farmers to grow and deplete our own soil of being able to feed our own with high quality organic foods ?

What about China ? Maybe you oughta sit on I-95 or the Palmetto at 5 PM and come back and tell me about the cultures that our POTUS wants to allow to freely enter our borders and saddle us with these concepts of indiscriminately populating Miami, FL and the rest of the USA. Well, we're on our way, since I don't have a 1/2 dozen children with several women, I'm not big on taxing/paying for someone that had all the fun of getting laid because they were bored ? The thought processes in Africa are to overpopulate and expect survival of the fittest & competition to rule the day in determining who survives to carry on the population in those regions/nations. It's a recipe for a societal collapse and failure of epic proportions. Sorry yo don't like hearing the truth. Accountability & responsibility should be the highest order of consideration. If you don't have the income and resources to take care of a family that large, having more children is the last thing that should be a hobby. I think the human race is safe from extinction because the last fertile couples are barren ?


@Jimbo99 @JusticeforAll Why are you commenting on this evil, your first comment is evil and insensitive. No, you are not a contributor, however, the article is about 'babies' being used as bait, and you bring another issue into the thread. Perhaps you should read and not leave a comment.

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