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blueboatdreams 7th-Dec-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of a book I'm reading about black masculinity in our mass media, imperialist patriarchal masculine world. It's called "We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity" by bell hooks (an amazing writer). It's incredibly insightful on how black men relate to the world around them in a culture where they are "all body and no mind", where it is about the physical power of man rather than the power of his mind. In this sense, Jada is right when she talks about the warrior culture we live in.

"Certainly as long as black people buy into the notion of patriarchal manhood, which says real men are all body and no mind, black boys whoa are cerebral, who want to read and who love books will risk being ridiculed as not manly. Certainly television representations of the studious black male in comedic sitcoms (for example Urkel on Family Matters) suggest that the studious black male is a freak, a monster."

I think this is an important quote to highlight because our society does encourage young black boys not to engage in reading and critical thinking when these are the pathways to ultimate enlightenment.

In some ways, I think what Jada writes about comes from the white patriarchal idea that woman should be a support role for man, when really man should find his own enlightenment through education and critical thinking.
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