“The Ballot or the Bullet: Defining the Scope of Black Male Participation and Hyper-Vulnerability in the New Radical Activism” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

“The early bird may get the worm, but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese.” – Jeremy Paxman

Today’s wave of radical activism was ultimately inspired by anti-Black male racism and Black male youth death, namely, Trayvon Martin, but the reality that brash confrontations with law enforcement could further expose already-vulnerable Black males further is not centered in the movement, and I find it concerning to say the least. And no, I don’t believe that Black women somehow aren’t risking their lives and their family’s welfare by standing up in pronounced numbers, but I do think our risk differs—and the data bears that out. Continue Reading!

“Black Male Privilege in One Hand and Bull$#! in the Other, Which One Fills Up First?: Challenging the Myth of Black Male Privilege” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

BLACK MALE PRIVILEGE?

In recent years, assumptions of Black Male Privilege have permeated discussions about identity, power, and oppression in Black gender discourses. Hell, in my feminist classes throughout graduate school, the concept was all the rage, as was a healthy skepticism of empirical data. Data was “skewed,” “unreliable,” and “subject to manipulation,” but as much as it can be true that every pundit can spin data to suit their argument, I found out the hard way that so, too, is it true that ideology can be just as misguided and manipulated. Continue Reading!