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Anne Carraway

Anne Carraway lives with her husband Michael in Greenwich Village. They are wealthy white patrons of black art and culture. The two of them consider themselves liberal, open-minded, artistic geniuses. Anne is a painter, and her enthusiasm for "things Negro" extends to using her black servants as models for her paintings.

When Luther appears, he appeals to her on what she describes as a visual level: "He is the jungle," she says. Her first picture of Luther is called "The Sleeping Negro." It reflects her vision of blacks as "dear, natural, childlike people." She decides to paint another picture of him, "nude, or at least half nude." Anne admires Luther's physical beauty, but her way of looking at him is possessive and objectifying. She is, like her husband, portrayed as a caricature of the condescending, unwittingly offensive white thrillseeker dabbling in what she considers a "primitive" culture...

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