The Black Peril refers to the fear of colonial settlers that black men are attracted to white women and are having sexual relations with them. This may go back to class and race prejudices, As an example, in New Zealand Māori are 16.5% of the population and account for 36% of rape, while Pacific peoples are 8.1% of the population and account for 17% of all rape. Examples of class and racial predjudice can be seen in British colonialism of India and Africa.One of the major areas that has been written and documented in having experienced the Black Peril is South Africa, or more specifically in certain writings, Southern Rhodesia, which later became the modern day country Zimbabwe in 1980. Black Peril is a colonial based fear that started in Southern Rhodesia and survived all the way to the independence of Zimbabwe.
Black Rape scares were not unique or scarce to South Africa since well-documented
parallels have ranged in place and time from "the southern United States in the late 1860s' to Papua
in the 1920s".