Black History Month: Nigger Toes

niggertoes

When I was a teenager, my grandma, who was born in 1912, told me that ‘white’ people use to call Brazil nuts… nigger toes. I never forgot what she told me. The other day I was doing some research about nigger toes. I read about the nigger toe nursery rhyme. I remember this nursery rhyme from a kid but by the time I learned the rhyme, the words had been changed. This rhyme was a common nursery rhyme among white children around circa 1888. I know you have heard this rhyme too or some version of it while playing tag on the playground. Children of the 1980’s sang: eenie meenie miney mo my mother said you are not it, then the ‘it’ person chases you. Here is the counting rhyme from the 1800s:

…eenie meenie miney mo—catch a nigger by his toe—If he don’t work—then let him go.

Another version of the same rhyme:

…eenie meenie miney mo—catch a nigger by his toe—If he squeals—let him go.

I was looking at some photos of mutilated slaves and/or Lynching photos. When the slaves ran away, their limbs would often be cut off. I read that ears, legs, feet (like Kunta Kinte) would be cut off. You just know that their toes were cut off too or cut off with the foot. Maybe (their toes) were passed around like a trophy, as in…I got (captured) that nicca.

I know this post is a bit morbid but we can’t forget our time here in America. And like the Israylites say, don’t be mad with Yah or the Gentiles ‘white folks’, if we had been doing what we were supposed to do, this never would have happened. However, we do know that Yah is not happy with our brutal treatment here in America.

 

 

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