Human Sexuality in a Diverse World
Sex in Black America
number of males killed in war. White men freely raped female Native Americans, for whites could not be convicted of rape, or any crime, solely on the testimony of a “savage Indian.” Similarly, Americans used sexual imagery to criticize the Mexicans they encountered in the West and Southwest; one writer claimed that all “darker colored” races were “inferior and syphilitic” (D’Emilio & Freedman, 1988). Mexicans, who were religious Catholics with strict sexual rules, were considered promiscuous by the Protestants because they did not consider it wrong to dance or show affection in public. The settlers often criticized others for sexual behaviors, such as homosexuality and premarital sex, that were not uncommon in their own communities.