Guilty of lese-racism: A court judgement for the crime of union of conjugal nature between citizens and subjects
The text takes its cue from a 1939 court judgment regarding a “racial” crime and goes on to analyse the characteristics of fascist colonial racism, which throughout this period was undergoing significant changes. The assertion of the superiority of the “white race” moves from common social discrimination of the liberal period, to an assertion of superiority codified in law and the basis of the native policy. The custom of white men (usually soldiers) taking local black women as sexual partners – so-called “madamato”, which was both racist and sexist, becomes the main target of State repression, in the name of a rigid separation and hierarchical classification of the “races”.
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