Do White people See Black People As Animals?

“I was watching a documentary called Blackfish and it was upsetting to see how these magnificent orcas were captured and detained in little pools and made to perform for the entertainment of people.

They take the orcas who come from different parts of the worlds with different cultures, force them into concrete little tanks (ghettos) and then force them to perform for the entertainment of mostly white people. They break up the families in the wild, they breed the males with the females from entirely different cultures, different methods of communication, they deny the orcas food when they don’t perform, they separate the mothers from the calves (even to the heartbreak of the mothers) and they subject the animals to conditions where they are forced to fight with another and (whale on whale violence is the norm whereas in the wild, it is not. Why can’t they just leave the animals and admire them in the wild? If they want to help why not stop polluting the environment and dumping oil into the ocean?

But in addition to the mistreatment of the animals, one other thing struck me.

The companies that capture these whales are predominately white-owned. One thing that really stuck out to me…doesn’t this sound eerily familiar to how Black people and other POC are treated by racist white people. During slavery the took Black people away from Africa, broke up their families, took mothers away from child, they forced black people from different cultures and backgrounds to breed with each other just to make profit and they put Black people in prison industrial complex and ghettos and everything…

am I the only one who noticed this interesting connection.

It makes me wonder, do white people see Black people as no more than animals?”

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7 thoughts on “Do White people See Black People As Animals?

  1. Of course the racists see us as animals maybe even less than animals that is why they stay comparing us to monkeys and photoshopping pics of the president and his wife as monkeys. And they treat us and poc as dogs I see how when they are in Africa or the rainforest they have a tracker and follow the person as if they are a dog on a scent trail. Whenever I hear about somebody being attacked by animals I already know who it is. The animals are not dumb they know who put them there and they still have their instincts that the creator gave them and nobody can fully take away something’s instincts it will pop up every now and then.

    I have not seen this documentary but I did watch a show called fatal attraction where people have wild animals such as lions, tigers, bears, etc as pets and they get killed. People destroy themselves trying to tame the wild, it gives them a sense of power and confidence to have control over something bigger and stronger than them. I never understood that, I appreciate animals from a distance I like watching documentaries about lions but I respect them enough to not want to own one or be close to one. curiosity is one thing but invading space is what gets people killed.

  2. Yes they do. They had black people living in old sheds and homes without proper environmental tools which is why a lot of slaves got sick from illness too. Similar to putting a dog in a shed and saying “He’s a dog he’ll be aight”. Even as times progressed during the civil rights era they still had us drinking from rusty separate fountains and using raggedy toilets, because they thought we were dirty and filthy. During slavery we weren’t even viewed as human beings. They used to touch on our hair like they were at a petting zoo. They sold us like puppies at a puppy mill, come on now. That’s why you have all of these inter-racial pornos sexualizng black men and black women’s bodies calling black men “bulls” and using them to record videos of them messing with their wives to sons, yes I’ve seen it, and I can’t un-see it **shakes head**
    Sports is another one, using black athletes like animals for profit. Sports did garner so many company endorsements until the rise of the black athlete happened and whites were like “Cha-ching” time to use the negro male for entertainment and riches.
    Most of these athlete managers are white, go figure.

    Whites see themselves as NORMAL and CLOSEST TO HUMAN. They see people of color as abnormal (which is wear the dehumanization of black features, hair, and body parts come from) and primates/animals.

  3. During slavery the took Black people away from Africa, broke up their families, took mothers away from child, they forced black people from different cultures and backgrounds to breed with each other just to make profit and they put Black people in prison industrial complex and ghettos and everything…

    am I the only one who noticed this interesting connection.
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    No, lots of people see it; some of them are even trying to DO something about it:

    “At shelters across the United States, they’re often the last to get adopted. There’s even a name for it, Black Dog Syndrome. But it’s not just black dogs, it’s black cats, black rabbits and black coated homeless animals in general. One shelter near San Diego, California even staged it’s own Black Friday sale to draw attention to the cause.”

  4. No, you’re not the only one who recognizes this connection. I have found the oppression and negative association is not a reflection of the animals themselves but rather a reflection of how white people treat animals, which across the board we can see is messed up and oppressive. I started writing about this connection a few years ago on my blog Animal Visions. See “Trayvon Martin & The Young Wolf” (http://animalvisions.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/trayvon-martin-and-young-wolf/) and “Afro-Animal: Our Shared Struggle” (http://animalvisions.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/afro-animal-our-shared-struggle/). I’ve just finished writing a chapter for book about the racist and colonialist legacy of wildlife management and how “managing wildlife populations” is incredibly similar to how communities of color are “managed.”

  5. The lives of black people just don’t matter. Even in my diverse and international hometown of New York City, where the new mayor has a black wife, I know that the black folks here are not in heaven and it is going to be the same story as usual.

    Yet black people keep praying, and wanting to believe that things will get better- You know Peanut, I have to say that as a black man, black people are some really funny and blind people!

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