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[September 17, 1630] White Man Whipped for Interracial Relations in Colonial Virginia | EJI, Equal Justice Initiative

[September 17, 1630] White Man Whipped for Interracial Relations in Colonial Virginia | EJI, Equal Justice Initiative

Hugh Davis, Interracial Relations, American History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN, KINDR'D Magazine, KINDR'D, Willoughby Avenue, Wriit,

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On September 17, 1630, the Virginia Assembly sentenced Hugh Davis, a white man, to be whipped for having a relationship with a Black woman. According to records, the Assembly asserted that Mr. Davis “abus[ed] himself to the dishonor of God and shame of Christians, by defiling his body in lying with a Negress.” Mr. Davis was sentenced to public whipping in front of an audience of Black people, which some historians argue was intended to serve as an example to the Black population.

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