Do you have Draptomania?

An irrational desire for freedom is a symptom of draptomania in people of color.

Screenshot of whites only sign in some God forsaken part of the United States
Drapetomania and over-indulgent whites cause people of color to want equality.


Symptoms of drapetomania:

You feel sulky and dissatisfied without cause.

You have a perverse desire for freedom and equality

You suffer a sense of mental alienation in your God
given place as a slave.

You believe you’re as human as any White man.

You abscond from service

In 1850, Doctor Samuel Cartwright, slave doctor from New Orléans,
described a sickness that only affects slaves.

He called it drapetomania: a pathological wish for freedom.

Dr. Cartwright said Negros are ordered by God to live as slaves
to the White man.

He wrote in In Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race that
the Bible commands that a slave be submissive to his master.

When a slave knows and takes his rightful place in the World he is happy
and healthy and unwilling to run away; White man’s burden is keeping
slaves in their happy place.

“If the white man attempts to oppose the Deity’s will, by trying to make the negro anything else than “the submissive knee-bender” (which the Almighty declared he should be), by trying to raise him to a level with himself, or by putting himself on an equality with the negro; the negro will run away.Wikipedia

According to my experience, the “genu flexit”–the awe and reverence, must be exacted from them, or they will despise their masters, become rude and ungovernable, and run away. On Mason and Dixon’s line, two classes of persons were apt to lose their negroes: those who made themselves too familiar with them, treating them as equals, and making little or no distinction in regard to color; and, on the other hand, those who treated them cruelly, denied them the common necessaries of life, neglected to protect them against the abuses of others, or frightened them by a blustering manner of approach, when about to punish them for misdemeanors. Before the negroes run away, unless they are frightened or panic-struck, they become sulky and dissatisfied. The cause of this sulkiness and dissatisfaction should be inquired into and removed, or they are apt to run away or fall into the negro consumption. When sulky and dissatisfied without cause, the experience of those on the line and elsewhere, was decidedly in favor of whipping them out of it, as a preventive measure against absconding, or other bad conduct.

It was called whipping the devil out of them.

Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race, by Dr. Cartwright


Re-processed digitized image scanned from an oil painting by Eastman Johnson, A Ride for Liberty, The Fugitive Slaves
A Ride for Liberty – The Fugitive Slaves

The good doctor also prescribed chopping off a big toe.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana




4 thoughts on “Do you have Draptomania?

  1. O pooh, white people can be sad too. AND dissatisfied AND forget color but probably not. PEOPLE have problems and people can only help other people, when they see them as such.

    I’m going to my laughing place and then feed antibiotics to my sick kittens….they don’t have a laughing place.

    I apologize for being white but I don’t apologize for being crazy….never was enslaved but still crazy. in the lay person’s terminology not the code whatever we are talking about now just plain crazy…after all these years.

    It has just starting raining catz and dogz…gotta go find my “iffy” ones and give them another dose. Well the roses will be happy. ~~~dru~~~

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    1. Dru, don’t apologize for anything.

      We didn’t decide to buy and sell slaves. All we’re responsible for is now.

      This piece is posted as commentary on the current rhetoric coming from a segment of the white population.

      I am using history to illustrate the dangers of normalizing brutality.

      It’s important for all of us to remember that this is a different moment in time…we can’t control the bad decisions of the past, but we can take charge of the present.


      1. You are so eloquent and insightful. THANX for all your posts and this one in particular, looks like we are going to have to really work on taking control right now, so that when now becomes history we will not be ashamed.
        aside: so far all iffy catz seem to be weathering the storms but I’m running out of antibiotics and formula. ~~dru~~

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      2. I agree with you Dru. I was especially concerned that you felt attacked in general which is never my point. No one should feel guilty about the actions of his ancestors. They weren’t perfect and neither are we. All we’re responsible for is now–and when this moment is history what we did to defeat an old enemy named fascism is all that will matter.

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