PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES OF BLACK ENVY
That the PENIS of an African is larger than that of an European has, I believe, been shewn in every anatomical school in London. Preparations of them are preserved in most anatomical museums; and I have one in mine.
-- Dr. Charles White
[T]he Negro is fixated at the genital; or at any rate he has been fixated there. Two realms: the intellectual and the sexual. An erection on Rodin's Thinker is a shocking thought. One cannot decently "have a hard on" everywhere. The Negro symbolizes the biological danger; the Jew, the intellectual danger.
-- Frantz Fanon
"You know how I'd like to fuck her now? I just realized -- if I could get into a spade bag . . . like if I could pretend to be a spade . . . yeah, that's it, spade- rape bag. You think she'd lie still for some burnt cork, B.?"
-- Terry Southern
On its July 27, 1994, cover, a notorious issue of Time magazine -- featuring a "photo-illustration" of O. J. Simpson's mug shot that darkened his skin, blurred his features, and thickened the stubble on his chin -- transformed one of America's most beloved athletes into the country's most familiar bogeyman. Its designer, Matt Mahurin, used a computer to produce the illustration because he wanted "a more somber photo, for a compelling story -- an American tragedy" ( Herald- Times, June 22, 1994, p. A3). Like Dreiser's novel of that name, the American tragedy to which the cover legend referred is domestic violence, in the Simpson case the wife-battering that allegedly ended in the death of Nicole Brown Simpson. But perhaps another tragedy, one of racial violence against men, is enacted by the reproduction itself, specifically through its use of blackface to execute a character assassination. Blacken the man, Time magazine implies, and you simultaneously drain him of moral discernment while accentuating his physicality, thus intensifying his brawn even as you criminalize it.