Strung Up For A Slave Whipping

Despite its aged appearance, this photo is actually is a movie still from the 1993 movie “Sankofa“, in which “a self-absorbed black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies where she experiences first-hand the physical and psychic horrors of chattel slavery”:

female field slave whipped

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3 comments on “Strung Up For A Slave Whipping”:

DNC commented on July 4th, 2007 at 5:40 am:

Any overseer worth his salt would have completely stripped her before the whipping.


regispeona commented on September 5th, 2010 at 12:38 pm:

I agree, slaves should be nude before the master’s lash.

Robby commented on January 3rd, 2012 at 12:52 pm:

Slaves WERE stripped, that is, if they had any clothing to start with. Slaves and poor freepersons often went naked or with only a loincloth or skirt of rough cloth (like sacking), saving full clothing for the winter.
A great source of amusement was that male slaves when stripped and hung up would, out of fear, have erections. After a few strokes it was not unusual for them to ejaculate, which gained more strokes for “wasting their seed” that should have been put to work in a female slave’s belly.
You will not see contemporary pictures or drawings of these things because of “sanitization.” Written accounts are scarce.

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