bell hooks says in Reconstructing Black Masculinity thatncollectively we can break the life threatening chokeholdpatriarchal masculinity imposes on black men and create lifesustaining visions of a reconstructed black masculinity that canprovide black men ways to save their lives and the lives of theirbrothers and sisters in struggle. Toward the work of politicalreunification of the genders in black communities today, black menmust acknowledge and begin to confront the existence of sexism inblack liberation struggle as one of the chief obstacles empeding itsadvancement. Making womanist space for black men to participatein allied relation to feminist movement to oppose the opression ofwomen means black men going against the grain of the racist andsexist mythology of black manhood and masculinity in the U.S. Itsunderlying premise rooted in white supremacist patriarchal ideologycontinues to foster the idea that we pose a racial and sexual threat toAmerican society such that our bodies exist to be feared, brutalized,imprisoned, annihilatedmade invisible.
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 1997
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