(It’s important to note that these subjects are dense enough to fill whole libraries, so further reading elsewhere is encouraged.) European colonists who orchestrated the African slave trade created caricatures, such as the Jezebel and the Sapphire, in order to further dehumanize and stereotype black women.
Because of their strength and enslavement, black slaves were paradoxically fetishized by white masters who were both abhorred and allured by black women and their sexuality.
“The fact that black women face struggles with perception every day can often mean that the constant fight seems normal,” writes Ferguson.
“It became clear that these women were resigned to their fate.
America’s first Asians endured discrimination from whites who felt their jobs were stolen, so their effeminate clothes, alien languages, and smaller physical features became targets.