As in so many lynchings, some arose out of charges that black men raped a white woman. As in so many lynchings too, the charges were demonstrably false. In 1913, Leo Frank was lynched in Marietta, Georgia, the hometown of the girl he allegedly murdered, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan. A photograph of Frank's body hanging from a tree soon became a popular postcard.
Racism was extremely prominent in America during this time so rumors spreading against African Americans were not uncommon. For example,At almost exactly the same time a riot broke out in Washington, D.C. It is detailed in a 1999 Washington Post story that In this instance, the rioters were white sailors and soldiers when rumors swept that a black man had raped a navy man's wife and was released by the police. This is similar to the rumors that sparked the Tulsa Riot. These rumors all just save as the justification for countless lynchings such as Leo Frank. Rumors exploiting sexual assault on the basis of racism were only used as excuses for negative bias.
Besides Leo frank , another story included multiple victims of racism. In 1931, a fight occurred between black and white boys on a freight train traveling through the town of Scottsboro, Alabama. Police rounded up, and arrested all nine black boys riding on the train ranging in ages from 12 to 19 years old. Two white girls then came forward alleging that they were gang raped on the train. All nine defendants claimed innocence,however; after four separate trials with all-white juries, eight of the nine were convicted and sentenced to death. After one re-trial, one of the rape victims testified that the rape was fabricated, but yet all-white juries again returned guilty verdicts.
This example shows that rape culture was invoked with racism because those two women that claimed rape used it as an excuse to send innocent African American boys to prison or death. Sexual harassment was used in America as a way to support racist ideas and to falsely label black men as rapists.
Guilty! Even though one of the victims admit they were not being truthful
A notable campaign of harassment against blacks in the town of Decatur, Alabama took place in 1978, when a 26-year-old retarded black man named Tommy Lee Hines was convicted of raping three white women. Blacks in the community launched several protests, arguing that Hines lacked the mental capacity to plan the rapes.
This man who was clearly incapable of committing crimes was accused of doing so like many other black men in the past. The argument of " They are rapping our women" was used as an act racism to encourage rape culture that could frame innocent African American men.
Overall, Racism during the post industrial revolutionary area involved some aspects of racism which invoked rape culture against both African American women and men. Sexual harassment and false confections against African Americans demonstrated that they were targeted because racists believed that they were superior. If they were superior they could do what they wished with a women's body, and can lie to get a men killed or imprisoned if they were black. Rape culture was clearly enhanced because of racism in America.
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