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  •  Great diary ChauncyDevega (4+ / 0-)

    I have been working on a diary about how rape was used as a tool of social control against African American women-both in slavery and in antebellum times. The KKK routinely used it as a way to terrorize black communities as well.

    I just finished "At the Dark End of the Street-Black Women, Rape, and Resistance" which gave a fascinating insight into the dynamics of this, and how it shaped both the 2nd wave feminist movement and the civil rights movement.

    We are so keen on whitewashing (no pun intended) our history-sadly, I see it playing out right here in this thread. Yes, by it's nature any sexual relationship between a slave master and a slave CANNOT BE CONSENTUAL. In order to give consent, you need to be in a positon where you can deny it in the first place-and no slave woman ever was.

    (And yes, that means that our founding father Thomas Jefferson was a rapist. Sally Hemmings was not only his slave, she was only 15 at the time they started their relationship)

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"- MLK

    by SwedishJewfish on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:45:07 PM PDT

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