Sex, Racism and Communism

From The Nation:

[During the war in Rhodesia, the] white regime forcibly recruited colored women as prostitutes to service mercenaries who came by the hundreds from the United States to fight for white power and stanch the red tide.  White claims to superiority hinged on imagining the African as a brute, which blew back in the form of white angst about sexual inferiority. A white Rhodesian researcher said she ‘personally’ recorded the dimensions of the penis of each dead guerrilla she encountered.” Ronald Hyam, a historian of African colonialism, pronounced, “One thing is certain. Sex is at the very heart of racism.” “Communism” was just a stand-in. It still is.

via Red Scare, Black Scare.