BLACK CHILDREN AS “ALLIGATOR BAIT” (3 ALLIGATOR POSTCARDS)

Racism

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Just like the weird connection American culture had in associating blacks with watermelon (see watermelon postcards in this collection), they also associated African-Americans as bait for alligators with a common theme of African-Americans running from alligators.

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1) Unknown date: Caption reads “Alligator Bait” 3 black children being eyed by an alligator.

2) 1916 “A Darky’s Prayer, Florida” Postcard shows a black man in tears as he runs from 3 alligators.  Postcard reads “Dese gaters looked so feary, And yet dey ‘peered so tame.  But now that I done met ’em, I’ll never be de same.”

3) 1944 Black man is chased up a tree by 3 alligators. Caption reads “Come On Down.  I’se Waiting For You In Florida.”