Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations. If you've been on the blog, you know how this Tumblr works, too. Including the moderation policy.
Recent Tweets @

Black men occupy an interesting place in the popular imagination. Their superhuman sexuality is an integral part of American lore. It’s most prominently on display in the titles of pornographic videos that market the ability of big black men to ravish young, innocent white women. It’s more subtle in the white women who walk past with their eyes firmly locked on my crotch, undoubtedly pondering the question that the bold will occasionally whisper in a dark corner of a house party: “Is it true?” And the misguided among us will certainly whisper “yes” through a sly grin, unaware that entangled with the superhuman lore of the black penis is the dangerous specter of dehumanization. This strange combination of fear and fascination reveals the superhuman-subhuman duality that black men embody.

The very same superhuman virility fuels fear of black men. It’s why white women run from us in the hallways, scream when they see us jogging toward them in the street, tell us we look dangerous, and clutch their purses in elevators if they get on the elevator at all (these are actual anecdotes from me and a friend, some of which occur occasionally, others, regularly). A few decades ago, these fearful reactions would be enough to put us in danger of mob violence, regardless of how benign our presence may have been. Even now, racial hoaxes are an ever-present danger. When white people claim to have been victimized by a fictitious black man, hundreds of innocent black men are endangered as law enforcement officials search out the supposed assailant. While perceptions of hypermasculinity elevate us to the superhuman, they simultaneously reduce us to subhuman status.

Robert Reece, “White Women’s Gazes, Black Men’s Bodies: Superhuman-Subhuman Duality,” Still Furious, And Still Brave:Who’s Afraid Of Persistent Blackness 1/27/13
  1. radfemcat reblogged this from alcindora
  2. 240106 reblogged this from alcindora
  3. alcindora reblogged this from etreconnue
  4. etreconnue reblogged this from av0idant
  5. z-oh reblogged this from racialicious
  6. rip2myfucks reblogged this from racialicious
  7. micsims reblogged this from behindthespecs
  8. kiongozi reblogged this from weedeeonetime
  9. neverfeltthisclose reblogged this from weedeeonetime
  10. weedeeonetime reblogged this from radicalmenofcolor
  11. theone2tres reblogged this from euphoariam
  12. euphoariam reblogged this from marloarc
  13. marloarc reblogged this from thereisonlyman
  14. thereisonlyman reblogged this from radicalmenofcolor
  15. radicalmenofcolor reblogged this from theanimalawake
  16. theanimalawake reblogged this from endge
  17. beverlyhillsnigga reblogged this from pandasinplaid
  18. fallenangellostfeathers reblogged this from thinkspeakstress
  19. maisha-2-tears reblogged this from racialicious
  20. pandasinplaid reblogged this from dannysexbangarang
  21. dannysexbangarang reblogged this from yungdragula
  22. killxj0y reblogged this from yungdragula
  23. yungdragula reblogged this from atomicdollface
  24. for-life-is-not-a-paragraph reblogged this from nevaehs
  25. rhaithe reblogged this from blackwishingstar
  26. badlittlelostboy reblogged this from shitmrassay
  27. casatierrez reblogged this from theangryblackwoman
  28. blackwishingstar reblogged this from shitmrassay