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Additionally, the white Democrats were not pleased with the outcome and felt a sense of inadequacy among white men.
This radical reconstruction of the South was deeply unpopular and slowly unravelled leading to the introduction of the Jim Crow laws.
There are a few potential reasons as to why such strong ideas on interracial sex developed.
The Reconstruction Era following the Civil War started to disassemble traditional aspects of Southern society.
The Southerners who were used to being dominant were now no longer legally allowed to run their farms using slavery.
Many whites struggled with this reformation and attempted to find loopholes to continue the exploitation of black labour.
Similarly, black men were stereotyped for having a specific lust for white women.
This created tension, implying that white men were having sex with black women because they were more lustful, and in turn black men would lust after white women in the same way.
Around a similar time was the controversy surrounding Seretse and Ruth Khama.There was a rise in lynch mob violence where many black men were accused of rape.This was not just senseless violence, but an attempt to preserve 'whiteness' and prevent racial blur; the whites wanted to remain dominant and make sure there was no interracial sexual activity.This increased white anxiety about interracial sex, and has been described through Montesquieu's climatic theory in his book the Spirit of the Laws, which explains how people from different climates have different temperaments, "The inhabitants of warm countries are, like old men, timorous; the people in cold countries are, like young men, brave." This idea stemmed from the first encounters between European men and African women.As the men were not used to the extremely hot climate they misinterpreted the women's lack of clothing for vulgarity.