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10 Things You May Not Have Known About Sexual Violence Committed Against Black People During The Jim Crow Era

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Trying to Reinstate White Male Dominance

Much as slave owners and their minions used sexual violence and coercion in displaying and exercising mastery over their human chattel, Klansmen systematically molested and violated their victims in an attempt to reinstate white male dominance in its antebellum form. In effect, they were replacing the legal infrastructure of slavery that had once authorized their status with extralegal supports of their own making, according to a 2002 piece by researcher Lisa Cardyn published in the Michigan Law Review. Violent sex was in both of these cases a performance of status by the dominant actors and a harshly lived reality for its victims.

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Sexualized Whippings

The sexualized nature of many Klan whippings can be read most clearly by looking at the location of punishment on the body and the manner in which these chastisements were administered. Surveying what is known about the injured body, ample testimony suggests that Klansmen frequently chose victims’ breasts and genitals as special targets of their enmity. Exemplifying this method, a compilation of Klan violence referred to by Cardyn describes what happened to Sally Hall and her two daughters when they were taken from their home and severely lashed, whereupon “one of them [was] made to exhibit her person whilst the fiends proceeded to inflict blows upon her private parts.”

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2 thoughts on “10 Things You May Not Have Known About Sexual Violence Committed Against Black People During The Jim Crow Era

  1. But we're the 'animals'? Dr. Welsing, thank you for your correct analysis of what lies at the core of all of this. Scared, ferrel animals.

  2. Mandy Reed says:

    I almost couldn't finish reading this article, but I'm so glad I did. Thank you for publishing this. These type of acts are STILL DONE by Europeans. Now we read about them in the CIA Torture Report and other reports on GTMO. An article just came out this past week about a police "black site" in Chicago. They were torturing people in there! But racism is dead and AAs should be quiet because they're savages and there's "black on black" crime. These racist fucks disgust me and aren't even worthy to be made slaves. Here is one article on that: http://www.commondreams.org/further/2015/02/27/chicagos-gitmo.

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