LYNCHING IN AMERIKKKA! -ORIGIN OF THE WORD PICNIC IS “PICK A NIGGER”

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A BLACK WOMAN LYNCHED IN OKLAHOMA 1919

LYNCHING OF THOMAS SHIPP AND ABRAM SMITH IN MARION, INDIANA 1930

LYNCHING OF WILLIAM BROWN IN DOUGLAS COUNTY,NEBRASKA 1919

LYNCHING OF RUBIN STACY IN FORT LAUDERDALE,FLORIDA, 1935

FROM http://www.deplicque.net/articles/StrangeFruit.htm

Here is another little known Black History Fact. This information is in the African American Archives at the Smithsonian Institute. Although not taught in American learning institutions and literature, it is in most Black history professional circles and literature that the origin of the term: ‘picnic’ derives from the acts of lynching African-Americans.
The word: ‘picnic’ is rooted from the whole theme of: ‘Pick A Nigger’.
This is where individuals would: ‘pic’ a Black person to lynch… and make this into: a family gathering…. There would be music and a: ‘picnic’. (‘Nic’ being the white acronym for: ‘nigger’). Scenes of this were in the movie Rosewood. The black producers and writers should have chosen to use the word ‘barbecue’ or ‘outing’ instead of the word ‘picnic’.
To attempt to tie lynchings to family outings, where food was served, is to misunderstand the real nature of these events. Rather, they were outbreaks of mass white hysteria, and attempts by groups of Whites to terrorize and brutalize the entire Black communities where they occurred.
Often, they were motivated by alleged acts of violence by Blacks against Whites, alleged disrespect and other breaches of Southern racial ‘etiquette’, and on many occasions, victims were chosen at random. Although women and children were frequently present, it is more accurate to view these events as collective psychotic behavior, rather than family outings. Lynching had become a ritual of interracial social control and recreation rather than simply a punishment for crime.

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26 Responses to “LYNCHING IN AMERIKKKA! -ORIGIN OF THE WORD PICNIC IS “PICK A NIGGER””

  1. Vonda Says:

    I thought that it was important that I let you know that this article is not true. I am a black woman and have research the etymology of this word and even checked your sources and found no proof of this claim. I went as far as speaking to my grandparents about this and they have never heard of the word being used in this manner. This is not to start a riot but rather to keep us factually informed.

  2. Colin Says:

    Vonda is right, where on earth did you do your research?
    Picnic is originally a French word, picque-nique and has nothing whatsoever to do with lynching, it has always been about eating al fresco, anyway, good luck with that one.

  3. hack Says:

    Although picque-nique is of French origin, in White American history the word was changed from it’s original use to pic-nic to represent a painful gathering to pick a BLACK person to lynch or sale on the block. Look at the pictures of lynching…..a large social gathering of men,women, and children eating and observing the events. Obviously we know that was not the origin of the word, but that does not change what history dictates. The constitution said all men are created equal, but at that time Blacks were not included as men…they were property. I guess the origin of the word equal changed too.

  4. Alisyah Says:

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  5. Colin Says:

    I was looking for proof regarding this article and have concluded from evidence found that the whole article is a hoax and was an email that was originally sent out in 1999.
    This is the most polite answer I have found.
    http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blpicnic.htm

    Rather than waste folks time on this twaddle you should be looking at why the Rockerfella’s and Duponts were funding these right wing groups etc and bolstering them up with vast amounts of money, what was their reason?

    and just for the record..
    I am a white englishman, my family has a given surname, given to them by their slave masters because to work you needed a surname and my ancestors didnt have one or the one they had wasnt suitable for the gentry of England , hence I can only trace my family back 300 years so far..

    I do realise that USA history is very different from ours here in the UK and some very different tactics have been used to control the masses in both countries, in the UK things are done very quietly and sneakily so nobody notices and as well as the sneaky political manouvering, it would appear that the more obvious shock and awe idea has been used on the American people for some time now to ruin the spirit of the people.

    I would urge you to read about the State murder of my beautiful brother man Dr. Martin Luther King, the info was obtained by the very hard working lawyer William Pepper, this is his book on the subject http://www.versobooks.com/books/313-313-an-act-of-state

    this goes some way in explaining how nasty our leaders were and are still today and how far they will go to enforce their will on us.

    William Peppers site http://www.williampepper.com/

    a video, Cynthia McKinney introduces Dr. William Pepper.

    have a wonderful day
    all the best
    Colin (again)

    PS.
    I feel I should also mention the recent continuation of the ruinisation of Africa by Nato and the UN etc.
    Black people are being targeted in Libya.

    and this article by Walter Fauntroy
    http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26586

    a quote from the article
    “Fauntroy watched French and Danish troops storm small villages late at night beheading, maiming and killing rebels and loyalists to show them who was in control.”

    peace and out.

  6. denisha davis Says:

    this is not true its an ugly.urban legend

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  9. Mel Renfro Says:

    I just find it silly that the author made a point of specifically stating “…other breaches of Southern racial ‘etiquette…’” when only one of those states was below the Mason Dixon line. I wonder when we ever get the facts straight that before 1980s, and if you REALLY want to be realistic and technical, the 1990s (even so far as to CA, in the more rural central areas), black racial violence was oft found all over the continental U.S.; from the Bronx to San Clemente….

  10. MeganMae Says:

    This is wrong, and not right I feel like I should be ashamed to hang out with my black friends beacuse of what my ansisters did to thiers just because the color of their skin.!

  11. Daniel Moshe Johnson Says:

    Megan Mae, it’s okay , all whites were not involved in these demonic acts, so don’t feel connected to it, and remember, all blacks in the South and North were not subject to this treatment. Many dark people, like my family members from Louisiana, exercised there rights to bare arms, as it was there rights to protect there farmland (property), family and possessions.

    So like our democratic sovereigns are backed up by machine guns, nukes and bombs, there is a need to keep fighting against the forces that wish to abolish this right. If many blacks had bared arms, had courage, had organization, had education and Chutzpah, in those days, stories would have been somewhat different.

    Take for instance the Holocaust, where many nations stood by, even the US, whom today send out convoys if something smells fishy, did nothing as the Nazi’s progressed. And even today, holocaust survivors, many in there twilight, have to endure the very thought of anti-semetism, and a neo-nazi skin head ideology still thriving world-wide in this day.

    So don’t feel guilty my friend, just remember that discrimination of any kind will continue, until free thinkers take back there mind, and realize that the true purpose of life, is not to look forward to the grave, but to realize that the gift of life is to switch to the right.

    Daniel Moshe Johnson

  12. VISIT THE ZOO Says:

    i live in memphis , we need to bring back the lynchings or build more abortion clinics

    • sistakenya Says:

      @visit the zoo, an obvious relative of genocide actor and Satanist Margaret Sanster, your reference is as offensive as your ass.Inbred and illiterate

  13. White and Proud Says:

    Well it’s niggers like this that give a bad name to the rest of them. An obvious article to generate black pride.

  14. Etiblon Says:

    I’m French and I live in Nantes a French harbourg from which boats were starting for slave trade. Three months ago a memorial against esclavagism opened in the city.
    I can definetely says that “pick a nigger” is an hoax. Pique-nique is a French word: “Piquer” in old French language (XIIIth century) means to hold and “nique” means an instant. So in the XVIIIth century “pique-niquer” is to have a quick lunch not only on the grass.

  15. sady Says:

    hey fellows i am an asian guy i watched your movie django its awesome i dont know black history very well but after watching the movie i searched though it on google and now i realize the racism, stress, problems faced by the black brothers and sisters are truly amazing and my impression about black is not very good before but from now i really respect black people really man you people are great u rocksss

  16. sady Says:

    one thing more fellows i am not against white people they are also respected…… :-) but i think all the rases of the world should be respected always because we all are the creatures of GOD

  17. Sam Says:

    A friend of mine, employed by the local school system, for 33 years, almost lost his job and brought up on Federal charges last week because of the word picnicker. Apparently, a black woman asked him where he was delivering some stuff, and he replied they were dropping it off to some picnickers and she got offended by the term…. He had no clue about this, until they brought him to the supervisors office to investigate it. Have we really come that far in society, to have a man fired and arrested over a word like that?

  18. JJ Says:

    This issue recently surfaced at a religious setting. I researched it and found it to be derived from once again a vicious hoax. As long as hatred, ignorance and intolerance brews in our lives…this will never end. Judge a person by their character and the let the past go…it’s spilt milk! We do not respect each other so how can we respect a person of a different race. I saw better race relations in SC than on the West Coast…that is a shame since the civil war started there…that says a lot about people’s ability to move on and do better… it’s so easy to hate… that’s what’s wrong with the world. Wake up everybody!!

  19. Gareth Bryant Says:

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  20. J. D. Hunter Says:

    Simply not true.
    ‘Picnic’ began life as a 17th-century French word — it wasn’t even close to being an American invention. A 1692 edition of Origines de la Langue Françoise de Ménage mentions ‘piquenique’ as being of recent origin and marks the first appearance of the word in print. As for how the French came by this new term, it was likely
    invented by joining the common form of the verb ‘piquer’ (meaning “to pick” or “peck”) and a nonsense rhyming syllable coined to fit the first half of this new palate-pleaser.

    The first documented appearance of the term outside the French language occurred in 1748, but it was 1800 or thereabouts before anyone can prove it made it into the English language. Even then the word still wasn’t being used in America, but in England.

    Read more at http://www.snopes.com/language/offense/picnic.asp#GOw6HPw1xCqhCrk1.99

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