“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. financial aid for low-income students such as Pell Grants that funded beneficiaries of a gynocentric K-12 system)
  • Black Female-centered Affirmative Action hiring (eg. double-minority status)
  • Black Female-centered media (eg. TV channels & magazines for Black women)

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“Coogler’s Brilliant Black Panther?: Africans, DOS, Woke Black Women…and Oh Yeah, Dying Black Men” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

“A man who has not prepared his own children to be without him has failed as a father.”
T’Chaka in The Black Panther (2018)

Rest in Power to Reg. E. Cathey and Luv Bug Starsky

(Warning: A Lot of Damn Spoilers!)

First of all, any assessment of Marvel’s Black Panther that doesn’t start with these two boys pretending to be an 8-foot man and trying to get into a showing is suspect. This was hilariously too damn much and lets you know just how hungry folk are for this movie (especially Black folks)—even if Disney walks away with the proceeds from our desperate need to be represented humanely. (more…)

“The Neutralization of Politically Aware Black Men Is A Required Practice” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

I was reminded of Bakari Kitwana’s 2016 article, “The 16 Black Panthers Still Behind Bars,” today and had a stray thought that bears reflection. We’re used to thinking about racism and those that lost their lives fighting it, but we don’t really think about what that means in terms of gender for fear of being branded sexists by intersectionalist BFNs (Black Feminist Nationalists). So we only discuss “gender” when engaging women or LGBTs. However, “cis-gendered hetero Black males” have a gender, despite not being described as such–even by Black gender theorists.
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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” or “When White Women Finally Get to Run the Sci-Fi Plantation” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

[Spoilers]

Since I was a child growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I’ve witnessed the rise of both feminist and Black feminist narratives in society, academia, and media. And with it, their wet-dream of subservient men and boys across race, class, and context, all socialized to serve the Feminine Imperative of women’s needs and interests. (more…)