Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the by Patricia Hill Collins

By Patricia Hill Collins

In Black Sexual Politics, one in all America's so much influential writers on race and gender explores how pictures of Black sexuality were used to keep up the colour line and the way they threaten to unfold a brand new model of racism worldwide at the present time.

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Each followed its own distinctive path in constructing its own national identity and that of its colonies. 13 Ideas of pure White womanhood that were created to defend women of the homeland required a corresponding set of ideas about hot-blooded Latinas, exotic Suzy Wongs, wanton jezebels, and stoic native squaws. Civilized nation-states required uncivilized and backward colonies for their national identity to have meaning, and the status of women in both places was central to this entire endeavor.

Over one hundred years ago, African American intellectual William E. B. DuBois predicted that the problem of the twentieth century would be the presence of the color line. By that, DuBois meant that the policies of colonialism and racial segregation were designed to create, separate, and rank the various “races” of man. Until legally outlawed in the 1950s and 1960s, the color line policies of Jim Crow racial segregation kept the vast majority of African Americans from quality educations, good jobs, adequate health care, and the best neighborhoods.

This is permanence. At the same time, racial hierarchy is produced in a context of massive economic, political, and social change that organizes racial hierarchy differently. The processes used to maintain the same outcome are also different. In a similar fashion, ideas about sexuality and gender that were very much a part of prior forms of racial rule remain as important today. They too are differently organized to produce remarkably similar results. First, new forms of global capitalism frame the new racism.

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