Fleur de Lis Called Racist Symbol of Slavery

The fleur de lis is now being called "racist," with critics saying it has a "troubled history."

According to historian Dr. Ibrahima Seck, slaves were branded with the fleur de lis as punishment in the 1700s.
The fleur de lis

Slaves "would be taken before a court and the sentence would be being branded on one shoulder and with the fleur de lis, and then they would crop their ears," he explained.

The symbol makes him sad, Seck added, saying, "As an African I find it painful, and I think people whose ancestors were enslaved here may feel it even harder than I do as an African."


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