Episode 5: Myths of Sexual Danger

Emmett Till. Lionel Richie. The Atlanta Massacre.

This episode looks at how the legacy of lynching remains active in the promotion of myths of sexual danger which even today promote white women’s sexual purity and racial innocence. 

It examines several cases over 7 decades that demonstrate how this myth remains an active part of the white racial imagination. Includes discussion of Caroline Bryant, the Lionel Ritchie urban myth, the Central Park jogger, Central Park dog lady, and the Atlanta Shooting

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