The Author Monique Ruffin. While not surprised by the question, hearing it from a white woman was somewhat annoying. This idea just perpetuates stereotypes of black men that started when the Europeans set foot in Africa several centuries ago. In the sixteenth century, Europeans generally believed that Africans were primitive and animalistic. They were considered to be a people without God and therefore prone to being uncontrollable sexually. It was also believed that black men had larger penises than white men. Their purported anatomy and inclinations supposedly enticed white women, making black men a threat.