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Black Masculinity in the Obama Era: Outliers of Society by William T. Hoston (auth.)

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B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, James W. Johnson, Langston Hughes, Josh Gibson, Jesse Owens, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, and many more. Black male achievement has transcended into the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and the 2000s, culminating in the election of President Obama. Most history courses in the school system would have Black males to believe three things about Black history—that 22 Black Masculinity in the Obama Era slavery happened and White America is apologetic, a great White American president freed Black slaves, and the Civil Rights Movement was led by the Rev.

Young men only talk about selling drugs, smoking weed, popping bottles and raping women. It’s counterproductive to the plight of Black men. I don’t want my son doing either of those things. ” Additionally, scholars such as Armstrong (2001) and Weitzer and Kubrin We All Came from a Woman 43 (2009) have identified impressionable misogynistic messages in their research. , bitches and hoes), violence against women, prostitution, and pimping, to sexual assault and rape. The objective of this chapter is to increase our understanding about the nature and consequences of a Black male–dominated music genre that in some cases is being used as a medium to present the misogynistic message of sexual assault and rape.

While the goal is to educate, an undesirable effect takes place in the teaching of inferiority. Educators explain to Black students that the institution of slavery tore them from their homes and forcibly transported them to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, against their will to propel slave owners’ economic enterprise. They give details that the Atlantic slave trade led to a vast number of Africans being transported to America, put to grueling labor under the intimidation of horrid physical abuse, lynching, and dehumanizing in various ways by the slave master and his slave drivers.

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