“Why Was Black Generation X Fatherless?: A Brief Statement On Why Many Black Men “Left” the Family In The 1970s” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D. (Addendum added)*

“Let me tell you something. A man ain’t a goddamn ax.
Chopping, hacking, busting every goddamn minute of the day.
Things get to him. Things he can’t chop down because they’re inside.”

― Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)

I have known pissed off Black men all my life. The permanent scowl I saw them wear taught me much, but it wasn’t until young adulthood that I found out the plethora of reasons why they—no, WE—wore it. In a short period of time between the 1960s and 1970s, the following policies became ensconced in law, dramatically changing reality for Black males nationally.

  • Female-centered Welfare (eg. “Man in the House” Rule),
  • Female-centered Family Court policy (eg. No Fault divorce)
  • Female-centered Birth control (eg. no male pill)
  • Female-centered Title IX (eg. sex discrimination sans males)
  • Need-based Financial Aid (eg. Pell Grants)
  • Black Female-centered Affirmative Action hiring (eg. double-minority status)
  • Black Female-centered media (eg. TV channels & magazines for Black women)