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Old 06-19-2020, 06:06 AM
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The term Gator Bait is now banned by UF. Is it racist?
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It was apparently a term used to describe certain people by some slave owners and slave bounty hunters over a century ago.

Ironically, as a UF student I stood shoulder to shoulder saying that chant with people of all colors. It bonded us together.
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It’s supposedly “folklore” and not proven to have ever happened. Even though the meaning and history of the chant/cheer is indisputably not racist, it was still discontinued by a virtue signaling University president.
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A black football player at UF was the guy that started saying it in the first place!!
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I dont like to post alot about this stuff because someone will "know" that what you are saying is wrong, but here is what I have to say about this.
I too went to this school and have been in that stadium more times than I can count and have been along side fellow students of all colors chanting this very saying in unity. Win or lose we were all united in our love for encouragement of our team.
When something that was derogatory towards a race 150 years ago is no longer considered derogatory in modern times shown by the interpretation to unite for a cause (even though its just a sports team) then you have "won" the racial divide. Kicking the ice cube under the fridge is pointless but "easy".
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gator bait
Is the act of throwing African American babies or toddlers during slavery times into an aligator swamp in order to atract aligators.Inoder to trap the aligator so it could be skinned.
The slave owners would steal, the children in the night or when the mother was not looking and place in cages to attract the aligators, once the alligators where nearby they would throw the children that were still alive into the swamp so they could hit the alligator on the head and trapp it.
Google alligator bait, black babies.
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It’s on the Internet so it must be true!

Again, there is no documented case that this ever happened.
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Due to the fact that slaves were a very valuable commodity in those days, I highly doubt babies were used as gator bait. Dogs and cats more likely.
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Originally Posted by Salty Gator4 View Post
It’s on the Internet so it must be true!

Again, there is no documented case that this ever happened.
just curious how would one have one about documenting a case? Report to authorities? Take video?
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Originally Posted by Islandthyme View Post
just curious how would one have one about documenting a case? Report to authorities? Take video?
no, just put it out on the Internet. Most will come along, read and believe it just because they read it on the Internet.
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There would be evidence in books, newspapers, journals, etc. like all of the information we have from the period. There is nothing. Only folklore and a few drawings created 100 years after the fact are all that exist.
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Even as an FSU this sounds incredibly stupid
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
Even as an FSU this sounds incredibly stupid
Russ,
Like many things that are going on right now, it is stupid to anyone with sense...

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I always thought gatorbait referred to 17 year old coeds away from home for the first time in Gainesville...
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Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
no, just put it out on the Internet. Most will come along, read and believe it just because they read it on the Internet.
Obviously the powers that be at UF aren’t real bright because they “believe” it.
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Good grief!
Some where someone is butt hurt over just about everything these days.
Go Gators!
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Default Florida Gators banning ‘Gator Bait’ cheer because of racist imagery

From the Orlando Sentinel yesterday:

"Florida Gators opponents on the verge of defeat will no longer be serenaded with taunts of being “Gator Bait!”UF president Kent Fuchs announced Thursday the popular cheer would be banned at sporting events due to the “horrific racist imagery” associated with the phrase, dating to the 19th century when black children were used as bait to lure alligators.

“While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” Fuchs wrote in a letter to the university community. “Accordingly, University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer.”

Fuchs noted the death of George Floyd nearly three weeks ago has served as the impetus to address any instances of racism and inequity on the campus.

Fuchs, who is in his fifth year as school president, laid out 16 initiatives grouped in three categories. The 10th item banned the popular cheer and could be found under the heading, “History, symbolism and demonstrating behaviors consistent with our values.”

Often accompanied by the Gator Chomp, the chant, “Gator Bait,” is ubiquitous at UF sporting events.

Throughout home football games, a short lead-in by the school band is followed by the shouts, “Gator Bait!” The cheer routinely accompanies made free throws at men’s basketball games.

But long before those two words were yelled at UF sporting events, the words “gator bait” referred to a reprehensible practice during the late 1800s and early 1900s involving black babies and children used as alligator bait, according to Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. The phrase also was used as slur toward black people.

The museum’s website features published articles on the topic, noting in 1919 the Florida Department of Agriculture made a concerted effort to stop the advertising on postcards of alligators lying in wait for black children because it had become “destructive advertising for the livestock development in Florida.”

Meanwhile, the “Gator Bait” cheer has become an integral part of UF sports, particularly football, during recent decades.

Former All-America defensive back Lawrence Wright, one of the players who helped popularize the use of the phrase, told the Gainesville Sun Thursday he is disappointed with the decision and plans to speak to Dr. Fuchs about it.

“The Gator Nation is a culture, too,” Wright, who is black, told the Sun. “It’s not about what happened way back in the past. How about our culture?

“Me and the president need to sit down and talk about this.”

Following the Gators’ 1995 win against Florida State, Wright famously said, “If you ain’t a Gator, ya Gator bait, baby,” according to the Sun.

The decision received ample support and outrage on social media.

UF law student Dan Weldon II started a petition opposing the decision, seeking 1,000 signatures. Within two hours, more than 800 people had signed it.

Weldon soon raised the petition’s goal to 5,000 signatures. By 7 p.m. Thursday more than 4,000 people had signed it.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/spor...kqm-story.html
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Such nonsense.


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More nonsense...

at some point so.eone is going to have to say enough or this stupid crap will just keep going..
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Defund the gators! Is there any documentation besides anecdotal, that this ever happened?

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