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Chapter 3 explores how Kenyan politics triangulated discourses of race and sexuality through the colony’s major populations: white, African, and Indian. It focuses on a political crisis that occurred in the early 1920s, when Kenyan Indians’ demands for political equality with whites came to a head. The notion that Indians practiced deviant sexual behaviors that made them morally unfit to be colonial mentors to Africans formed a central tenet of the white response. Sitaram Achariar, the editor of a Kenyan Indian newspaper, responded in kind, not only asserting Indians’ suitability to colonize a more “primitive” African race but also maintaining that it was white women, not Indians, who were morally and sexually depraved. As both Indians and white settlers framed their demands within the language of trusteeship, Africans were racialized by proxy as sexually normative, and therefore unready for political participation.

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