“Watch For the Bait-N-Switch: When the Contempt Isn’t For Kevin Samuels But For You, Black Man” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

These articles are a damned disgrace. No one mocked bell hooks when she died. No one called her a manhater to any wide degree—despite that she argued that the Central Park 5 were likely guilty and low-key blamed Black manhood for their “behavior.” No one posted multiple tweets of people ridiculing her when announcing her death. No group celebrated published think pieces, essays, videos, and news reports where they high-fived and bragged about how good life will be now that she’s dead. And unlike Samuels, her works are required reading in universities around the world—and her public career at least 40 years longer. And this also applies to other late feminists such as Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. No one did such in any widespread way like we’re seeing with Kevin.

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“Black Men and Their Ignored Emotional Labor In Relationships” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

Just had a strange flashback. I’m watching a film dealing with a married couple who could not have children. At every street corner they walk by women with babies in babycarriers or receive letters from family members who’ve just had babies. At each instance the wife nearly collapses in tears…UNLESS, the husband gently redirects her before she even comes into contact with such situations.

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A Clarification: Black Male Rights Advocacy by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

To be clear, I am a Black Male Rights Advocate (BMRA). Politically, socially, ideologically, and conceptually I stand for the prioritization of Black male humanity for boys and men over conjecture and stereotype. Both my advocacy and research stand fervently against anti-Black misandry in all forms and contexts. That said, I’ve purged those from my life who stand for the denigration of Black males. If I’ve somehow missed you, feel free to vacate my page (and my space). Trust, I’ll not lose any sleep over it. As a man, I’ve long since learned how to stand alone on principle when those around me follow trends.

I’m a strong advocate for an independent approach to the study of Black male life that allows BMRAs to speak unapologetically and accurately. Thus, my creation, The Institute for Black Male Studies (https://www.instituteforblackmalestudies.com), is independently financed (by myself and everyday supporters). Feel free to support if you’re so inclined (patreon.com/THJohnson).

Also, I stand with the brothers who’ve helped me start the Black Male Political Agenda. It is not complete so suggest additions if you feel compelled. Regardless, it’s a strong start…

My main point is the work is being done. Brothers are on task. I hope you join the movement.

https://newblackmasculinities.wordpress.com/2020/09/24/the-black-male-political-agenda-by-t-hasan-johnson-ph-d/

“Watch the Shift: Is It Love, Utilitarianism, Or Both?” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

I’ve been seeing a lot of these videos lately where Black women have been contemplating asking Black men for help and reassesssing being “soft enough” to do so. Or they’ve questioned the value of interdependence over being singularly independent. (And I’ve noticed how many Black men can’t wait to be appreciated at nearly any expense.) It’s interesting to say the least. Still, I can’t help but notice the timing of it all, especially after 5 decades of emasculating dismissal. (Notice how none of these videos suggest what she’ll do for you? Instead they just focus on her learning to appreciate your utility to her.) I grew up when mantras such as “I don’t need a man” and “niggas ain’t shit” were spoken quite often, and with a nearly religious zeal—even by the classiest of educated Black women. I saw it on TV, in movies, and heard it personally. Often. And met scores of Black men from all over who noticed it during the same time period.

As I’m not wholly against this development, I can see how it could be a good thing, I suppose, but only if done with sincerity. It is what it is. On another note, men, be careful and watch this development closely. Make sure there’s a difference between being asked for your help and being expected to serve as a footstool or servant. After being historically seen as a lesser being only capable of providing sperm, sex, and physical protection if you weren’t a 1% man (earning over $150K/yr), such a quick shift merits caution. Make sure you articulate your needs, and that she has an eagerness to be as much of a value to you as she requests of you. If you observe a shift back to emasculation, dismissal, insult, shaming or guilting tactics, or argumentativeness, do NOT accept it. Be careful of people performing a respect they don’t actually have for you. As men value genuine respect far more than people think, it can be as negatively impactful to have false respect as it is positively impactful to have genuine respect. And if you choose to be in a relationship remember to value your peace and avoid making her validation a reflection of your self-worth. That alone can be the difference between life and death for us…

See examples of the shift below…