Published on November 26, 2008
Black Masculinity Revisited : Black Masculinity Revisited OUTLINE Black Men and a Historical Legacy of Failure; Black men in Contemporary Canada and the United States; Rethinking Black Men and the Family. Slide 2: “You ain’t shit. Just like your Daddy.” White Male Heterosexual Norm : White Male Heterosexual Norm Primary Indicators of Manhood Whiteness Economic Power Political Power Ability to Protect Family Ability to control women (both black and white) Secondary Indicators of Manhood Physical Strength Virility Stereotypes of Black Masculinity : Stereotypes of Black Masculinity SAMBO Attack on black men’s economic and political powerlessness and their lack of power in the family domain—black masculinity erased; BUCK Fear of black male strength and virility; Physical threat to white men and sexual threat to white women; COON Laughs at inability of black men to gain social and political power after slavery. Edwin Larwell (1849-1850) : Edwin Larwell (1849-1850) “ Property values would fall because blacks being lazy, would let their farms run down. Crime would increase . . . .Blacks would try to marry white girls, with the result that a “mongrel” population would be produced and the pure white race would be degraded. Blacks would be able to vote, and before they knew it whites would find a black man sitting in the legislature making laws that whites would have to obey. The humiliation was too much . . .” (Walker, History of Blacks in Canada 80). Black Men as US Statistics (2002) : Black Men as US Statistics (2002) Among males age 25 to 29, 12.9% of blacks were in prison or jail, compared to 4.3% of Hispanics and about 1.6% of whites; One in three black men between the ages of 20 and 29 years old is under correctional supervision or control; 1.46 million black men out of a total voting population of 10.4 million have lost their right to vote due to felony convictions; During the economic boom of the 1990s, the % of gainfully employed black men fell from 62% to 52%. Black men in Contemporary Canada : Black men in Contemporary Canada “Among visible minority groups, there is a significant wage disadvantage for black men: 16.6% for immigrants and 25.6% for those native born. . . .In particular, we note that, among native born Canadians only black men appear to have a disadvantage” (Hum and Simpson, “Earnings and Employment of Visible Minority Immigrants” 2000). Black Men and the Family : Black Men and the Family Structural Functionalist Definition of Family Nuclear: Adult heterosexual couple and their young children Co-resident (preferably married) Patriarchal Contesting Three Dominant Theories : Contesting Three Dominant Theories Kinship relations outside of the nuclear family are abnormal and dysfunctional; The “absence” of black/Caribbean men in the household proves their irresponsibility; Black men are “marginal” to the home and family.