“A Quick Statement about Progressive Black Masculinity” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

As defined by feminists, progressive masculinity generally refers to a practice that challenges systems of gendered, androcentric, patriarchal domination. Yet progressive masculinity as defined by Black Masculinists suggest that dominating others need not be a central feature of masculinity. In fact, it often has not been, historically, for shifting demographic populations of differently configured Black men (based on color, political orientation, religious/spiritual beliefs, gender, sexuality, class, height, voice tenor, etc.). Here, examples such as W.E.B. DuBois, Robert F. Williams, and even Huey P. Newton demonstrated organizational progressivism, while scores of fathers, brothers, lovers, grandfathers, uncles, boyfriends, etc. demonstrate Black male progressivism daily without fanfare. Continue Reading!