How African Male Slaves Were Raped By Slave Owners And Dealers – A Bitter History

The topic of rape of the enslaved African men is one that the African-Diaspora community, and Africans back home, might shy away from. This is because it can hurt male pride. But the truth is that it must be discussed, for closure sake, and for history sake.

There are lots of dark stories about the 400 years of slavery, and beyond. Many of these dark tales are told with a little ease, but others are told with great difficulty. We at Liberty Writers Africa strongly feel that thousands more of such stories and accounts died with their victims. But for those who lived to tell their sad realities, we applaud their courage and will do our part in telling the stories, with a heavy heart.

If there is one tool that was more brutal than whips and guns, during slavery, it was RAPE. Vicious and animalistic rape of African slaves in America, the Caribbean, and other parts of the world where African slaves were sold to. The rape of women and girls by their slave masters and merchants, on ships and plantations, have been told in great length.

But the degrading rape of African slave men has not fully been accounted for. This was mostly because men did not get pregnant and give birth to bi-racial kids as proof.  Also, men were shy to speak of their experiences, so their tales were hidden in the dark corners of their memories.

It is recorded that the raping of the men, was very popular in the Southern parts of America and Cuba. It was a huge part of the slave system and culture by the Spanish enslavers.

Many of these men were raped on ships when they were transported and also at secret farms. There were also season plantations for homosexual slave owners which were very popular and common in the Caribbean. On many occasions, the slave men would resist and fight, but they get killed. Well, some men would rather die than get sodomized. 

Because of the great physique, strength, and stamina, many African slave men were forced by the slavers wives to sleep with them when their masters were away. The rape of enslaved African men was a well-known secret for many years during the slave trade days. Below we will outline some of the unpopular sexual exploitations of the men during slavery.

BUCK BREAKING

This act of “Buck breaking” or “Bot bursting” involves, white slave owners and merchants raping a male slave in front of the public or entire plantation to embarrass him and cause him to feel less of a man. This heinous act became popular when there were increased cases of slave rebellion.

The men would first be stripped naked and whipped in the presence of a crowd, and after that, raped by the slave owners or merchants as a warning to other slaves. The targets were mainly the brave men, who were leaders in the plantations.

To make matters more gruesome and unbearable, the slave owners make the African slave men with families to have sex with each other in front of their families. Or they were raped in the presence of their sons. Many of the men killed themselves or ran away after this.

Buck breaking started from ships and continued in plantations. It was a way of stripping the male slaves of their pride and power to protect their families. And it was also a way for slave owners to show dominance.

Enslaved Man Flogged in Front of His Wife and Others

BREEDING FARMS

The breeding farms were a way for slave owners to replenish their Negro workforce, due to the abolishment of slavery and reduction of slaves coming from Africa. May slaves became confident and rebelled against their owners. Many of them escaped.

This caused damage to the slave trade and plantation owners did not have enough human labor to meet the market demands for their produce. So, they invented the breeding farms that exploited the sexuality of the African slave men.

At the breeding farms, the strong and healthy enslaved African men were forcefully made to sleep with enslaved African women to get them pregnant. The men could lay with six women in a day just to increase the probability of the women getting pregnant.

The slave owners did not care if the women were mothers or sisters to the men. They just mated them. This was the origin of the word “Mother fucker.” Many of the men died on the breeding farms due to sexual exhaustion.

CASTRATION AND GENITAL MUTILATION

The castration of African male slaves served as both a way of punishment and a form of emasculation. Many times, the ego, pride, and strength of a dominant African male slave became a threat to the slave owners, so he had to be wounded emotionally, physically and mentally.

When an enslaved man was found married or having an affair with a female slave that was desired by the slave owner or merchant, his sex organ was mutilated or castrated. Other times the enslaved man was caught with his master’s wife or daughter who forced him to have sex with her.

Enslaved African men who were often the leaders of a rebel group of African slaves on a plantation or ship were castrated and called women to show the white slave master’s dominance.

The perverted sexual fantasies of the slave masters were so outrageous that they would use African slaves to any length to achieve them. Sexual entertainment was very popular among many white elites, wealthy merchants and aristocrats.

They used enslaved African men as a form of sexual entertainment. They were made to line up naked for their sexual organs to be scrutinized and mocked. On some occasions, they were made to dance or forcefully have sex with an enslaved virgin girl, for entertainment.

CONCLUSION

The historical accounts of this evil against the negro man remains a dark stain on their roles as fathers, brothers, and protectors of their women and children.

Because most of the men were emasculated and later sold (separated) from their wives and children, a vacuum was created in the family structure of the African-American and African-Diaspora.

Women learned to fend for themselves and their children without the help of men. Children grew up without a father figure, and this greatly affected how they saw life and how they reacted to issues.

There is no amount of apology or sympathy that would rewind the hands of time and undo this evil. So, this article is not trying to gain sympathy or apologies. This article simply contributes to the tank of knowledge on the dark experiences of slavery. It is meant to teach and also help in finding solutions to the many issues that plague the African-Diaspora community today.

Article Written By Chuka Nduneseokwu

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51 comments

  1. This was hard to read but I had to for the sake of our brothers and sisters who suffered at the hands of the monsters that did these horrific things. May their spirits know some form of peace.

  2. That was the wicked thing I ever heard that why black people in a whole are so mess up what they did to our men and women was very sick and they say that we are animals and also our children I can’t even out this in my head the things they did to us reading this make me very sad why would a human do any human like that we never die anything to the white race I still don’t understand why they hate us so much everything we should hate them they call us thug but they are the real thug ,murder rapists. I thing they know that we are the real king and Queen and that why they hate Us. That so they was out to destroyl reading this bring tear to my eyes very sad all they every did was steal kill and rape this is America wow

  3. As I continue to age it amazes me that I’m still learning how sick and deplorable the treatment of my people exist to this very day. I have a rage that burns deep in my soul. What will it take for the black family to ascend to the next plain spiritually mentally and physically…

  4. This is why for the most part, blacks are against homosexuality; because of what they went through with being sexually violated during slavery. When I hear of blacks embracing homosexuality, I’m disturbed because it’s a slap in the face of our ancestors.

      1. Consensual… now that they are older and have no choice but to go along with it. You do know 80% of gays were violated which caused them to choose that life style. In addition we are Yahuah’s chosen people it’s in our DNA to go against that abominable lifestyle.

  5. My view on this is it happened 400years ago and everyone involved are dead, what didn’t include in the history is the Indians, how they were enslaved and shipped to AFRICA and Spain, and then back to America and they were also missing treated and called colored, also you include that Negro is a made up name for people of color we are a mixed race, Indian being the strongest of them all,if you are going to teach,and educate the young tell it all not parts,I can go on and on,but I know you comprehend what I am saying here, I dont Identify myself as AFRICAN American because I am not. I am a man of dark skin with many blood lines. Thank You

    1. It did not happen over 400 years ago. It happened for 400 years. There’s a difference and it matters not if it was 400 years ago as you state, it still had and HAS an impact on the victims emotionally and psychologically to this day. Traumatic experience have deep rooted consequences passed on to the offspring. I am amazed at how much we try to minimize and excuse the nature of mankind that are perpetrators of such acts past and present. Must be a coping mechanism. Peace.

    2. What the hell the Indians got to do with us, they were in the slavery Business too. You don’t hear the so-called fake Jews saying let forget the past.. Our children know More about the holocaust then their own black history….

      1. A lot of us were allowed to live on reservations after slavery ended. That’s where all the black Indians come from. Sad thing we did as far as helping to hunt them down. Again we got no piece of the settled West. When will we learn?

    3. Harold, you cannot dismiss slavery because it happened 400 years ago. The beneficiaries of this vile history still benefit from the free labor their elders extorted from the African diaspora. Slavery may have ended on paper but institutional racism is still being perpetrated against descendants of Africans all-over the world. Don’t get it twisted, white supremacy is all about survival of a race and control over ill-acquired resources. They will not relinquish power without a fight. Watch Maafa on YouTube.

    4. When people look at me all they see is a white woman…they don’t see the black African heritage that is in my bloodline. I have a couple features of the black woman but my skin color erases what the eye should see. It breaks my heart to know this has been done to my ancestors on both sides of my races. The Scottish peoples were also enslaved, raped, beaten, and demoralized by the English/British just like my black ancestors were. what really sickens me is the fact that human beings are supposed the intelligent of all species. I have watched packs of wolves living in our woodland areas and they treat each other with more respect and care than do human beings. I have had to learn to forgive in the deepest way for both sides of my heritage and I still have an adamant attitude toward whites. I know that in the history of Africa there is also a history of slavery among blacks against blacks which is predominantly due to tribal issues. I pray for people to learn to love each other and care for each other and walk away from the debauchery of human history but to never forget and place more crippling blame in any race or tribes or clans just carries the hate forward. God bless! Pastor Linda S Brown

  6. The article is eye opening and mind boggling because the current campaign to empower the girl child and Supress the African boy child is simply slavery of the mind.
    African culture advocates for Polygamy. But Homosexuality and all forms of sexual Promiscuity is a recurrence of the old Practice of slavery, 400 years Ago.

  7. This article tells a truth we don’t like to hear because is very painful but it helps to understand why is so relevant to fight for equality now more then ever.

  8. Wow.. This is so heart wrenching. I am apald of what I just read. Human’s should not have been treated that way. Very very sad indeed. There’s a God and he will bring true justice soon.

  9. Out of curiosity, just where did the evidence for these horrid stories come from? Im not saying it didn’t happen but i would really like to know the credible source of evidence to justify its ilegality. Put the torch of truth in tge darkness!

    1. The Facts and History of these practices is at the end of the article. Please take a look since you are interested. Many people read the piece and think these heiness acts ocurrred 400 years ago. They did not, Emancipation occurred in 1865 but “breeding slaves” went in for decades after that. It is horrific.

  10. Wowww…wow…. I can only imagine… Yet some African Americans refuse to Acknowledge their past… They see Africans as lesser beings

    1. No,I believe you’re seeing a negative psychological reaction. Some want to quickly move on rather than go thru the painful healing of our community. Same four the descendants of the depraved. We all need to be healed. But victims need out even more especially if you’re still under attack. When you’re heading to healthiness you can beam to takea proper stand against the ongoing hatred/sicknesses.

  11. Now it’s all coming back to bite the devil in the ass. Now Becky can not resist the urge to taste the “forbidden” fruit.

  12. As an older woman, I better understand the injustice done to the Black males, it was truly a sad moment in time. Thanks for writing .

  13. I would like to know your source base for this article. You don’t cite anything which as a Historian makes me question the entire article.

  14. Coward!!! . Why they dont put this on the news for black history! They are People still today that are living off my ancestors blood sweat and 😢. They still have land money and wealth.

  15. Then they sit around the dinner table and say the Lords prayer and eat, and tell their children they love them etc. Hell should be full by now.

  16. This was so brutal, inhuman and degrading. And to this very day, whites still doing some of their demonic and devilish ability. I’m in shocked to read and know this thing. Truly very shameful, shame to them “whites”, this makes me anger. 😤🤬

  17. The white race has done the unspeakable, this unwarranted and unacceptable. Even after all these disgusting revelations, they still have the silly guts to practice modern day racism. It is unprecedented. We shall fight to our last breath to stop these continuing to our precious African race, because we are God creation.

  18. It is a DAMN SHAME what our four fathers have had 2 endured in their lifetime!! They call us animals but we didn’t make or ask to be involved in those activities. It makes me wonder what type of person dreams up some of the actions?? Animals do these things , a true individual couldn’t bring himself down to the low brain level of individuals that R making the request for a man to do such things!! I have nothing but RESPECT 4 THE AFRICAN AMERICAN Of THE U. S. They shouldn’t have to deal with it anymore!!

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  20. In review of the enslavers’ lineage, ancient Rome touted these perversions. This must be a required Reading among us

  21. The word buck, has been around long before I was born in Northern Ireland. And widely used in the context of sexual depravity. And if you come from Northern Ireland, and have never heard this word used in a sexual context. Then you must have been hidden in a dungeon.

  22. Thank you Chuka for doing this research paper.Throughout my years of reading history I never came across this information. Perhaps deliberately concealed out of shame.
    Vera Warren.

  23. this is very true I read similar reports in other articles that is why in the Caribbean gay men are murdered and homosexuality is not tolerated . Also we must not forget the children pedophiles were also slave masters that is a very sad and dark chapter in our history. But one that has to be told as well. I enjoyed this article and will continue to support your site.

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