Ernest Crichlow American

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This harrowing scene, ironically titled Lovers, records the brutal attack of a Black woman in her bedroom by a hooded Ku Klux Klan member, one that will undoubtedly escalate to rape. Her flailing arms and legs convey her terror as she struggles with her assailant. A broken, overturned chair already lies defeated in the corner. Beneath the man's white robe Crichlow deliberately shows his fashionably striped pant leg, an indication, he says "that it isn't just a poor man doing this." Although depicting a particular narrative, the artist intended this image to represent more generally the degrading treatment of Blacks at this time throughout the South.

"Lovers", Ernest Crichlow (American, 1914–2005), Lithograph

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