[Ads-l] Alligator Bait

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 21 02:55:15 UTC 2020

Yet another very impressive article. Great work, Peter. Thanks for sharing.

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 7:51 PM Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:
> There is an old racist slur, "alligator bait," used to refer to black
> people, especially black children.
> There are numerous memes and articles that get circulated around the
> internet suggesting that the expression was derived from the actual
> practice of using children as bait in hunting alligators; placing them
> in shallow water, or sometimes tying them to a post or tree, luring the
> alligators in close, and then shooting them in the eye at the last
> possible second.

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