One Hundred Amazing Facts About the Negro, with Complete Proof, I.
In 1670 Virginia passed a law forbidding Negroes from buying white people. This was fifty-one years after the Negro had arrived in chains. Free Negroes bought white people in such numbers in Louisiana that the state made a similar law in 1818.
Beware the African in his natural state. His thoughts, much wilder and darker than you can imagine, bisect in blood knots in the trigger of his ribcage. In the ripe season, his blood will burn hot; each knot coils tight, a fist inside his body with rigid animal violence, dark braids of hair. Hope, an ache culled taut in his throat will strain to form a black bark of words. Do not attempt to understand the diction of a Negro; he wakes in strange tongues and speaks entirely with his body. The Negro scrawls the language of the birds, dreams of bold rivers and molten crowns, your blue field peopled with bucksaw and bur-heads, your hedges razed with pickaninny, starved black-eyed Susans. Dark heads teeming, remembering. Observe the teeth, astonishingly white, as they struggle to gesture beyond anger. The Negro will shatter before he is kind. Their women too, like dark acanthus, bear an unusual stench, are known to perish without direct sunlight, and menstruate together. Too loud and easily provoked, they horde in congregations and spit from vast distances. All Negroes prefer to be near the water. If they sense rain, they will swarm, strip naked, hum, dive, demand to be reborn, march barefoot through your garden to devour your weeds, to spook and mark new heirs with venom.