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black body was seen as less and slavery was used to justify what the Europeans were doing to the Blacks. With the new racism, it is more covert and instead of White people acting out against Blacks, Black people are perpetuating racialized ideals and are completely oblivious to it. Examples of people who are perpetuating these types of ideas or don’t exactly know where African Americans are as a society are people like Condoleezza Rice, Michael Steele, among a couple others. They become labeled as such because they are seen as the “face” for African Americans, yet they tend to contribute poorly to how the race would like to be portrayed. They speak on things they don’t know too much about (in terms of African Americans) and sometimes sound very ignorant. And since they are in a position of power, what they say is taken as fact and important, thus making African Americans look worse in some cases.
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Through racism, Ideals of the “Black Rapist” and the “Black Whore” have also been perpetuated, “both designed to apologize for and facilitate the continued exploitation of Black men and women” (Myth of the Black Rapist, p. 174, Davis). In the articles “Any Four Black Men Will Do” by Tracey Patton and Julie Snyder and “The Myth of the Black Rapist” by Angela Davis, they illustrate how many Black men fall victim to the accusations and become the scapegoat of white women claiming rape by them. These articles bring up how Black women incapable of being raped, so if they are sexually violated by white or black men, there is no protection for them. With the “Black Rapist” Black men are considered prone to the rape of white women, because they are seen as over-sexualized beings. This myth enforces the stereotype that white women are these fragile creatures that need protecting by white men. Katie Robb, a former student of Iowa State University, accused four (nonexistent) black men of abducting her during the day time and forcing her to have sex with them. Even after admitting that she fabricated the story, she was not reprimanded harshly. All she ascertained was one hundred hours of community service and if she completed it successfully, it wouldn’t show on her permanent record. The fact that the whole town was turned upside down to find these Black men, and that innocent Black men were harassed didn’t matter in the slightest. Stories like this are important to highlight because of racism and the stereotype that Black men are over- sexualized and that they are prone to rape is the reason why many innocent Black men are placed in jail. In the article by Patton and Snyder they say that “Since slavery, Black sexuality has been stereotyped as wild, uncontrollable, bestial, and criminal” (p.862). And it was also southern White beliefs that Black men had an incorrigible desire to rape white women. In the case of Black women, since slavery, nothing has protected them from being raped. Black women were
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