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The Context of White Supremacy hosts the seventh study session on Vincent Woodard’s The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture. Mr. Woodard died in 2008, but this text was posthumously published in 2014. University of Texas A&M’s Dr. Tommy J. Curry raved about this text on one his earliest visits to The C.O.W.S. – stressing the importance of Woodard’s exploration of the rape of black males. Last week’s segment continued the inspection of Harriet Jacob’s Incidents In The Life of a Slave Girl. Woodard noted that US slave scholarship is uniformly void of truthful commentary on White Women’s sexual violence against enslaved black females. Woodard emphasized that White Women would have learned and observed generations of White men raping their human property. Woodard writes that enslaved black females represented the “perfect emotional playground, the perfect vehicle through which young white women could work out and practice their need, their sexual hostility, and other types of aggression.” Much like today, White Women, according to Woodard, nurtured and sustained “themselves by drawing upon the erotic and psychic energy of black women.” Woodard also stressed how White kids began learning their role as plantation master as toddlers. 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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