The patriarchal metaphors of William’s appeals for violence in response to violence in the name of protecting women curiously echoed the paternalistic rubric that was hypocritically used to justify white violence. Tyson’s research in the morgues of newspapers pinpoints the paradoxes inherent in the sexual justifications by southern white oligarchies for maintaining their apparatus of apartheid. White judges and politicians who protected vigilantes were the descendants of Caucasian males who for generations had considered the sexual predation of black women their due and their rationalizations for state-condoned terrorism against blacks were based on the pretense and sham of protecting the purity of white womanhood from rapacious black men, when it was they who had been the rapists.


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