The C.O.W.S. THE DELECTABLE NEGRO Part 6

Friday, March 3rd 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy hosts the sixth 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 raved about this book on one his first visits to The C.O.W.S. – emphasizing the importance of Woodard’s research on the rape of black males. Last week’s session covered the questionable suggestions that Frederick Douglass may have subscribed to a more “fluid” notion of gender and sexuality – positing that some of the metaphors in Douglass’ fiction convey homoerotic themes. The session also examined Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl – one of the most popular slave memoirs published. Woodard stresses that Jacobs’ work is essentially the only publication of the time period where anyone – much less a black female – publicly discusses the rape of black males on the plantation. Woodard explores the psychological trauma of emasculation – described by Woodard as when white masters treat black males like black women. Woodard continues to masterfully pinpoint the numerous examples of black bodies being “seasoned” and devoured by white “human fleshmongers.” 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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