Some time ago, a burly unattractive white woman in her late fifties or sixties, dyed hair, pearl laces around wrinkled neck, tearfully relating a story of unwanted sexual attention from a nineteen year old Black man in Alabama, USA, would have landed the Black man in jail if he was lucky. Worse, he was lynched!

Many Black men have been lynched just for allegations of rape from white women. Where some of these Black victims have survived, many have languished in jails all across the violent terrain of Amerikkka. To accuse a Black man of rape was like to accuse a woman of witchcraft in Salem, New England. Salem was a town where a spasm of mass paranoia caused people to hang some twenty women accused of witchcraft. In similar fashion, and throughout American history, many Black men were accused of rape and burned at the stake for just looking at white women. Looking was rape, even if you weren’t aware you were looking. It was like witchcraft.

Now, the chickens have come home to roost. And white men, especially white men politricksters in Alabama and California, don’t like it. The same burly unattractive white women in their late fifties or sixties, dyed hair, pearl laces around wrinkled neck, tearfully relating a story of unwanted sexual advances that occurred many years ago, may present a most embarrassing sight for the women, but not for the white men who stand accused.

The lynching of Edward Coy, an African American man, in Texarkana (Miller County); February 20, 1892. Suspected of raping a white woman (though some accounts hold that they were in a consensual relationship), Coy was burned to death in front of a massive crowd. It was one of the first such “spectacle” lynchings in the state.

Some of these white men in an attempt to defend themselves are now throwing fits, shouting at the top of their lungs that this is a Sexquisition, reminding their fans, who never read history (or cared about it), of the reverberating features of the Inquisition. These white men will lose their jobs and likely their livelihoods. But at least, their lives are spared; the wages of their whiteness will save their necks in Amerikkka. That much is certain.

Although the lesson remains that while white men lynched Black men for all kinds of allegations of rape from their wives, they inadvertently handed down to white women, and across the generations, a powerful tool. While these white men burned women, their own mothers and their own grandmothers for witchcraft, the remaining white women were given a tool, which they have honed on Black men for centuries. Rape!

Take nothing away from the veracity of the story or from their ability to recall an ordeal in lavish detail. No matter how long ago the accusation recounts, white women can now call a radio station, or a newspaper, and destroy the careers of their beloved white men with a scintillating groping story thirty years prior. It is no lynching, nor is it a patent accusation of witchcraft, but it is good cinema: the chickens that have come home to roost.

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My name is Narmer Amenuti (Dances With Lions). I am first a Cultural Theorist and second an Educationalist. Both of which require that I remain an Investigative Historian. All of which lead me to my preferred profession: a Culture Critic, from the Sankoré School (of Critical Theory). I am East African by birth; South African by training; West African by choice – all of which make me, African by nature. I am also a student of Ancient African Rhythms and a passionate dilettante of Science.

~ Success Corrupts; Usefulness Exalts! ~ Narmer!

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  1. “In fact, the primitive accumulator cannot rest his eyes. What he sees is what he wants. When there is all the world to see, he, of course, wants it all—the whole world, the universe.” (Nefetiti, Grandmother Africa). When there’s all the women to see, he, of course, wants it all – the fat pussy, the skinny pussy, the hairy pussy, the gorgeous breasts, the flat chests, the anus, the mouth! When there’s all of Africa’s resources to see, he, of course, wants to to stick his dick there too – the slaves, the gold, the diamonds, the wet nurses, the labor. When there’s all the land to take, he of course, wants it all – the Native American lands, the African lands, the Aborigines lands, etc. The primitive accumulator wants everything his heart desires. He has no restraint. He cannot be civilized, he is barbaric!

  2. Narmer, fine reading, you beat me to it! LOL. I wonder why people don’t tell some of these women, like they do to African Americans about slavery, that the “rape” happened so long ago that the women should just stop complaining and move on?

    • Well, recall the indebtedness of Blackness in Amerikkka, or yet the normativity of Black suffering in Euro-Amerikkka.

  3. Well, oh well. African man is accused of rape: Caucasians say, “crucify him!” Caucasian man is accused of rape: Caucasians ask, “what is rape? Define rape? Where does accosting a woman end and rape begin?”

    Well, when a subsection of the species begin to think that only they are human, and white, you have a mutation. One setting them up to destroy the “others” and then destroy itself. One set to destroy the planet too! The species is unraveling, and it is because of a single mutation: melanin deficiency.

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