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Log in through your institution. Fear of 'black peril' spawned a wide range of legislation, including the prohibition of sexual relations between white women and black men. In addition, dozens of blacks were executed, both legally and extra-legally, for supposed 'black peril' violations.
Yet for the most part, 'black peril' was a manufactured phenomenon, with the of such cases being extremely small. In contrast, 'white peril', or sexual abuse of black women by white men, was far more frequent. These incidents rarely appear in either contemporary newspaper reports of colonial history. However, on many occasions white women and black men protested against the ignoring of the 'white peril'. Despite these protestations there was never any law passed to prohibit white men from having sexual relations with black women.
The main reason for the differing official response to the 'black' and 'white perils' was the nature of race, class and gender relations in the colony.
The 'perils' were necessary in order to solidify racial and gender differences and thereby to construct a white and male supremacist social order. Journal of Southern African Studies is an international publication for work of high academic quality. It aims to generate fresh scholarly inquiry and exposition in the fields of history, economics, sociology, demography, social anthropology, geography, administration, law, political science, international relations, literature and the natural sciences, in so far as they relate to the human condition. It represents a deliberate effort to draw together the various disciplines in social science and its allied fields.
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