Black Urban Manhood Research Paper

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Danielle McCall Black Urban Family Jermaine Monk October 13, 2010 The Prison of Manhood When one looks at the characterization of the African American male today, what usually comes to mind are images of drunks, gangsters, and absentee fathers. While the easy solution would be to place blame upon the men themselves, an intellectual being would question that which has pushed some Black males to look to alcohol, crime, sex and violence as a means of asserting their manhood. In order to truly see the opposition and degradation with which the Black man has been faced since the inception of this country, one must truly delve beyond the surface and ensconce himself in the plush of truth and objectivity. The Black man has been systematically…show more content…
Black men were forced to watch as their wives, sisters, and daughters were sold, beaten and raped, and could do nothing to prevent the abuse. They were themselves beaten, bound or threatened with immense bodily harm if they made any effort to rescue their families from the cruelty; they were made helpless, completely incapable of defending themselves or their families. From this develops a volatile relationship between Black fathers, brothers, and sons and their wives, sisters and daughters as the men internalize their frustration and the women internalize their confusion and pain. The women subconsciously lose respect for the men in their lives who’d failed to protect them and their men suffer from immeasurable embarrassment and self loathing (Leary, 2005, p.78-80). 1863 marked the end of slavery and with the emancipation of slaves came hopes for a happier and more prosperous future. Instead emancipated slaves were met with as much opposition as they’d endured in bondage. States rushed to enact laws that would continue to oppress African Americans, and racist vigilante groups were contrived as a means of combating any and all signs of progress in the Black community (Leary, 2005, p.…show more content…
The ramifications of these movements, old and new, have been lasting and unyielding. The methodical emasculation of African American males in this country has had far reaching effects and has sadly proven to impact the relationships between Black men and Black women, Black men and Black youth, and Black men and other Black men. One cannot hope to remedy the aforementioned relationships without first acknowledging the actions which propagated them. To say the effects of Black emasculation are irreversible is outlandish. The mere presence of Black men today is a testament to the fortitude and internal strength of the African American male. Despite all effort it incapacitate them, the Black male has remained a part of American life and a crucial piece of the African American community. They cannot be discarded as irreparable; they are, instead, a work in

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