Re: [sixties-l] Critique of Bruce Franklin

From: Bill Mandel (
Date: 10/24/00

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    I most certainly did not write that raping a white woman is a 
    political, insurrectionary act. I wrote that reserving the death 
    penalty for that crime exclusively for Blacks during the 300-year 
    history of Virginia was a politically repressive act, as every 
    African-American knew. Moreover, in light of the high religiosity of 
    the Black population, the fact that the bodies of rapists were given 
    to medical schools for dissection in Virginia while those of persons 
    executed for any other crime were given to their families for burial 
    was another form of discriminatory repression.
        I am not aware that other former slave states differed from these 
    													William Mandel

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