john, how could you?

it’s stories like this that lead to comments (taken from various youtube videos i’ve made) like this :

-mixed people r racist and would love 2 blacks extinct and wiped of the planet!
-Bi racial  my ass,these people are black when they get through talking.Stop running from your blackness and them white folks that you are trying lick up under are calling you nigger behind your backs.More videos we see on youtube or myspace,will thousands of video blogs from these coons hating they’re blackness and fronting like they’re special because the have one parent that is white and the other black,that bull shit and these coons know it.
-Bi-racials almost ALWAYS lean toward their white side.
Look at the pics behind you> the top two are white people!
everyone esle is insignificant. I see why Blacks are attacking all you racists
for the harm you’v done!

all i can say/speculate is “sign of the times,” and “survival of the fittest,” and his karma sure did catch up to him in the end… 

i wonder if his children were mulatto by virtue of carruthers’ mulatto-ness alone, or was kitty also a mulatto.  doesn’t matter.  just curious.  i also wonder who owned him.  it doesn’t seem to be his father or the neighbors whom he apprenticed… maybe it was the father though.  i’ve read this four times and just haven’t a clue.  ah, history…

John Carruthers Stanly: From Slave to Slave Owner


The story of John Carruthers Stanly, a former slave who gained his freedom, only to become the largest slaveholder in Craven County, North Carolina.

John Carruthers Stanly
Black Slaveholder

Stanly, born a slave in 1774, was the son of an African Ibo woman and the white prominent merchant-shipper John Wright Stanly. He was apprenticed to Alexander and Lydia Stewart, close friends and neighbors of his father.  They saw to it that John received an education and learned the trade of barbering.  At an early age, they helped him establish his own barbershop in New Bern.  Many of the town’s farmers and planters frequented his barbershop for a shave or a trim. As a result, Stanly developed a successful business.  By the time he reached the age of twenty-one, literate and economically able to provide for himself, his owners petitioned the Craven County court in 1795 for his emancipation. However, he was not completely satisfied with the ruling of the court and in 1798, through a special act, the state legislature confirmed the emancipation of John Carruthers Stanly, which entitled him to all rights and privileges of a free person.

Between 1800 and 1801, Stanly purchased his slave wife, Kitty, and two mulatto slave children. By March 1805, they were emancipated by the Craven County Superior Court. A few days later, Kitty and Stanly were legally married in New Bern and posted a legal marriage bond in Raleigh. Stanly’s wife was the daughter of Richard and Mary Green and the paternal granddaughter of Amelia Green. Two years later, in 1807, Stanly was successful in getting the court to emancipate his wife’s brother.

Some politically correct Court Historians end the story here, if they acknowledge the existence of black slaveholders at all.  What a noble thing, to purchase and emancipate one’s own family!  But there is much more to the story.

After securing his own and his family’s freedom, Stanly began to focus more on business matters. He obtained other slaves to work for him.  Two of them, Boston and Brister, were taught the barbering trade. Once they became skillful barbers, Stanly let them run the operation while he used the money they helped him earn to invest in additional town property, farmland, and more slaves.

Through his business acumen, Stanley eventually became a very wealthy plantation owner and the largest slaveholder in all of Craven County. He profited from investments in real estate, rental properties, the slave operated barbershop, and plantations from which he sold commodities such as cotton and turpentine.

Stanly’s plantations and rental properties were operated by skilled slaves along with help from some hired free blacks. To improve his rental properties in New Bern, he used skilled slaves and free blacks to build cabins and other residences and to repair and renovate these properties. During the depression of the early 1820s it was slave labor that kept Stanly economically stable.

The 1830 census reveals that Stanly owned, 163 slaves. He has been described as a harsh, profit-minded task master whose treatment of his slaves was no different than the treatment slaves received from white owners. Stanly’s goal, shared by white southern planters, was on expanding his operations and increasing his profits.

During the early 1820s, Stanly’s wife, Kitty, was taken seriously ill.  She became bedridden and, despite careful attention by two slave nurses, she died around 1824. It was at this same time that Stanly began to face a series of financial difficulties.  His fortune began to plummet when the Bank of New Bern, due to the national bank tightening controls of some state and local banks, was forced to collect all outstanding debts. Unfortunately, Stanly had countersigned a security note for John Stanly, his white half-brother, in the amount of $14,962. Stanly was forced to assume the debt. This, along with his own debts forced him to refinance his mortgages and sell large pieces of property, including slaves. When these options did not resolve his economic woes, he resorted to mortgaging his turpentine, cotton, and corn crops, as well as selling his barbershop, which had been operating continuously for forty years. Without a steady flow of income, his fortunes continued to decline.  In 1843, his last 160 acres of land were sold at public auction. Three years later, at the age of 74,  John Carruthers Stanly died.  At the time of his death he still owned seven slaves.

John Wright Stanly House, New Bern, North Carolina

13 thoughts on “john, how could you?

  1. More than likely posters leave those kinds of comments due to long standing personal experience and knowledge of the type of pervasive sentiments splayed in certain mixed race publications/forums. The blogger below is Black/Jewish (father absent). To his mother’s credit it does not appear she deliberately instilled this particular brand of anti-Black hatred in her extremely disturbed son. I hope to locate his other blog to provide readers even more insight into this profoundly troubled soul.

    “That means they will stereotype mixed Whites in an unfriendly fashion. We cannot afford for this to happen, because our acceptance in the White community is directly proportional to the belief that we possess genuine European qualities. If race differences are not going away (and they aren’t anytime soon), then we need Whites to understand the facts, and we need to clearly distinguish our traits from those of Negroes. There is no other viable option for us.”

    Do White People Accept Us?

    “Conservative Whites are more likely to accept mixed race people than liberals, because they do not have the same fanatical “commitment” to racial egalitarianism. This results in their adopting more realistic and fair attitudes towards race relations. They are willing, to some extent, to challenge their own racist attitudes, and they are impressed by pro-White attitudes in mixed people. “


    What’s wrong with being Black?

    “I am sick and tired of whiny negroes challenging me with obviously disingenuous shock: “What’s so wrong with being Black anyway?!”. Do these idiots really think the civil rights movement put a total end to common sense? Racial “equality” is a charade, and everyone knows it. The problem is that most people are too cowardly to admit the truth, and so whiny negroes get away with these ridiculous challenges. Well here, let me lay it out for you. I’ll tell you what’s wrong with being Black.”

    specialdistricts said…

    “Hey..the fight is still continuing! We will eventually get to a society that will work for the common good of mankind. Let’s face it, the Afro-American is a disadvantaged class. 200 years is not that far removed. We have to insure our family units are strong…If you father, a child accept that responsibility because there is an affect on children who do not receive the nurturing of both parents. What is really bizarre, is that it must be accepted that Afro-Americans are genetically different besides the obvious pigmentation and voice diction. Now, the voice diction might not be genetic as it is environmental…it is a fact that language (speech patterns) are developed in the first 7 years of life. This is evident by immigrants that come to America as teenagers. They will carry their accent for life, unless a conscious effort is made to remove it! Lets get enlightened and change the world!”

  3. You should have seen before the owner (Chance Kelsey) passed away in Dec. 2009.

  4. Here’s a glimpse of what others observed about Chance Kelsey as well.

    “Chance Kelsey: Crackpot Racialist
    One of the strangest ironies is that while I have decided to out racists on the net, there’s been a highly suspect candidate right here under my nose. And now I have finally had my fill of Chance Kelsey.”

  5. Biracial people like this are at war with themselves morally, socially and by spirit. They worship and adore their white ancestry while despising their African side. They are truly the ‘tragic mulatto’. No doubt raised exclusively in the world of their white parent with very little to do with their black relations or history.

  6. @An American Tragedy, sometimes their sole white provider (usually mom or grandmother) do not instill hatred towards blacks but it occurs trying to fit in with their peers.

  7. *rolls eyes* Yes, you really are “an American tragedy”.

    You’re making a blanket statement about biracial people based on what this person did. Some people sure are obsessed with us mixed folks, as much as they hate us…

  8. Just a correction: As a New Bern, NC native, I just want to point out that the photograph in this article is NOT John C. Stanly. The photo is of George Henry White (1852-1918), the last Afro-American Congressman of the Jim Crow Era, also from New Bern, NC.

  9. Please note that PureLife777 is correct: the photograph is not of John Carruthers Stanly, it is George White, the first African-American elected to congress from eastern NC after the Civil War. “Barber Jack” was a product of his environment, much as we are of our own today (social mores, perceived acceptable business practices, working within the system he was raised. Should you wish more information For more about George White:

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