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Spatializing BlacknessArchitectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago$
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Rashad Shabazz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039645

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039645.001.0001

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Policing Interracial Sex

Policing Interracial Sex

Mapping Black Male Location in Chicago during the Progressive Era

(p.11) 1 Policing Interracial Sex
Spatializing Blackness

Rashad Shabazz

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how carceral power became a permanent fixture in Black Chicago during the Progressive Era. It documents the rise of policing in the Black Belt and shows how carceral power entered Black Chicago via attempts to control interracial sex and socializing in the Black/white sex districts on the South Side. The chapter first provides an overview of policing on Chicago's Black Belt as well as the geography of lynching and that of interracial social spaces in the city. It then considers the ways that policing of the Black Belt served as a mechanism to access and consolidate whiteness, organize the racial geography of the city, and for the Black middle class to push for the sexual regulation of Blacks. It also explores how interracial sex districts shaped Chicago's response to Black migration and the subsequent measures it took to control Black masculinity. Finally, it considers the role race scholars and Reconstruction discourses from the South played in framing and mobilizing the hysteria around interracial socializing and sex in Chicago.

Keywords:   carceral power, policing, interracial sex, Chicago's Black Belt, lynching, interracial social spaces, Black middle class, sexual regulation, Black masculinity, interracial socializing

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