The Male And Female Relationships Essay

1280 Words Dec 4th, 2016 6 Pages
Lynch describes the process of breaking male and female slaves saying, “We breed two males with two females. Then, we take the male away from them and keep them moving and working. Say one female bears a female and the other bears a male; both females—being without influence of the male image, frozen with a independent psychology—will raise their offspring into reverse positions. The one with the female offspring will teach her to be like herself, independent and negotiable…The one with the male offspring, she being frozen subconscious fear for his life, will raise him to be mentally dependent and weak, but physically strong; in other words, body over mind” (Lynch 5). Lynch and many plantation owners were proponents of male slaves being strong in body but weak in mind and spirit, with female slaves acting as head of household and being stronger in mind to perpetuate this standard in her offspring. Black men are still stereotyped as being weak and child-like, and black women are stereotyped as being fiery and bold. This excerpt also highlights the breaking up of black families which was common practice amongst slave holders. For many fathers, slavery made it impossible for them to stay with their families, yet the stereotype remains that black fathers abandon their children.
The idea of “body over mind,” as Lynch puts it, is ubiquitous in Southern slavery. Slavery is a physical and mental system of control. In many slave holding states, slaves outnumbered white people. To…

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