According to senior scholar Dr. Carole Boyce Davies of Cornell University, Africana Studies gladly participates in institutional sexism. (more…)
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.
“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)
- 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)
I advocate for a Black Masculinist method of social analysis when interpreting phenomena and conceptualizing our worldview regarding Black male life–and by extension their contributions to the Black community. (more…)
In my piece responding to VerySmartBrothers’ article on Black males, “Straight Black Men Are the Scapegoats of Black People: VSB’s Black Eugenics Renaissance and the Pandering to Make Attention Outweigh Death,” I posted some data that requires some correction. In it, when citing information on Intimate Partner Homicide (IPH), I posted the following: (more…)
“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)
(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…)
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.
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…)