Media used images of white virgin women being followed by white men in black face were used to incite violence. Both sides of this issue, women as objects and black men as predators, were used in media in hopes of firing black people up. The idea that black men preyed on young white women and that women needed to be protected by white men was a dangerous stereotype. The fact that the people that played the black men in media were really white men wearing black face was seen as insult that again the creators hoped would create violence, or at least disrupt black people enough to get a rise out of them.
Did black men willingly do black face? What was the incentive for them?