The C.O.W.S. THE DELECTABLE NEGRO Part 5

Friday, February 24th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fifth study session on Vincent Woodard’s The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture. Mr. Woodard died in 2008, but this book was posthumously published in 2014. University of Texas A&M’s Dr. Tommy J. Curry informed C.O.W.S.’ listeners about Woodard’s work – emphasizing the importance of Woodard’s research on the rape of black males. Last week’s session examined the execution and consumption of 19th century freedom fighter Nat Turner as well as former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Woodard stresses that Whites brutalized dozens of black people in Southhampton, Virginia – even those who had no knowledge of Turner’s activities. Eating Turner’s body and making family heirlooms from his remains, represents a core aspect of White culture. Woodard also examines the work of Frederick Douglass. Woodard speculates that Douglass was subjected to sexual abuse from White men on the plantation. This sexual violation along with Douglass’ separation from his mother, exacted a lifelong tole on the revered orator. The Delectable Negro helps us understand modern events like convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the rape and murder of Dione Payne, and “black man cookies“.

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