Were Black slaves bred for athletic performance?

No, they were not. But they were sometimes bred for size and strength. The commercial breeding of slaves was quite rare and rarely documented (but not unknown to occur). But almost all slave owners came to understand that the natural increase of the slave population was profit in the owner’s pocket….rather like “interest on their investment” just like the reproductive value of other livestock. Some agricultural pamphlets reminded plantation owners to include the “natural increase” in their slaves when calculating their annual assessment of profits or losses.

In the “Slave Narratives” interviews that were collected by Congress in the 1930’s from former slaves.still living…several women recount being forced to mate with a man of the owner’s choice and the added value of a female slave who reproduced with regularity. One recounted that he father had been a “stock Negro” who had sired 72 children. There is another account in the Congressional Record (during a debate on slvavery in the mid-1800’s) by a male slave who testified that he had been “purchased by the master in order to increase the quality of of the black children born on his plantation. Another account given in the early 1900’s by a former slave, Robert “Uncle Bob” Wilson, who had fought in the civil war, claimed that as a young man he had sired 300 children (often having been rented out to neighboring slave owners as a “stud” for $10). Wilson died in the Elgin State Hospital for Veterans in Illinois in 1948 at age 112.

No. They wanted their slaves to be able to pick cotton and tobacco. Not throw footballs and basketballs.

If African Americans are good at sports because of slave breeding…how do you explain the athletic abilities of the Africans still in Africa?

No, slaves “jumped the broom” with their spouse at an early age, and lived as morally as their owners. It is pure myth that white people bred slaves. They wanted them to have babies, yes, but did not intentionally match them for athletic performance. If anything, the Middle Passage meant that only the strong survived. The slaves generally consented before they jumped the broom, which means they had the ultimate decision as to mates.

No. Though there is some evidence that there were some places where slaves were bred for profit. This was after the Atlantic slave trade was abolished.

The slave population almost doubled after the trade was abolished and the beginning of the Civil War. This was once used as evidence that slavery in the Old South was relatively benign. These breeding farms and encouragement of large families, which could be broken up, is probably the reason for the population increase. This benign slavery was once accepted (before 1960) . Strange. No slavery can be benign. Apologist contradiction.