Step On A Crack African-American Superstition

January 13, 2012 by staff 

Step On A Crack African-American Superstition, Stepping on a crack African-American superstition; “Step on a crack and your mother will turn black.” If you’re a believer in superstitions, then Friday the 13th might be your unlucky day. But, remember, it’s only a superstition, and nothing more.

Superstitions are mostly considered to be irrational beliefs associated with the existence of particular mysterious forces.

Every nation have some sort of superstition in its tradition; some of them are so strong that they even acquire main characteristics of modern pop culture.
The fear of stepping on a crack goes back to the old fear of letting the soul out of the square with the four corners symbolic of balance and perfection.

The “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back” saying goes back to the late 19th – early 20th Century when racism was prevalent.

The original rhyming verse is thought to be “Step on a crack and your mother will turn black.” It was a common belief that walking on the lines in pavement would mean you would marry an African-American and have a black baby.

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