Good evening, my readers. I hope all is well with you this evening. Being a person who is highly involved in social media, a lot comes across my path. While it is impossible for me to comment on everything that I see online at length, there are times that I feel it becomes necessary to say something. In roughly the past two weeks, Black social media has been embroiled in an uproar about the notion of straight Black men being like white people towards Black women. Aside from saying that this is bad sociology and a terrible premise, I pass on further commenting on that article in this post. Antonio Moore of ToneTalks, Yvette Carnell of Breaking Brown with the guest feature of Tommy Curry have already dismantled most of that data free click bait post on their YouTube shows.
What I am referring to here is an article from Madame Noire that cites that piece, and further attacks without any of the attempt (I said, attempt) of nuance of the earlier post. Titled: “Because Harasser is Just Not Enough: Why I Consider Calling Black Men Terrorists”, by Veronica Wells, it is a wholesale denunciation of Black men, based off of one unfortunate personal interaction. Generalize much?
Terrorist is not a word to play with. Saying that, gives a political context, and justifies doing whatever necessary to root out such a person. Terrorists are regarded as worthy of death. Its not a rhetorical device that you can use that is free of context, especially in a post 9/11 world. What is the difference between considering calling Black men terrorists, and those right wingers who consider Black Lives Matter supporters terrorists? The point is to demonize, not to come to any sort of resolution. While the intention of the piece was to bring to light issues Black women face, unfortunately, it gets lost in dangerous hyperbole.
There is a problem in our online discourse. Some folks think that they can just say any sort of thing about Black men, and it should not be challenged. This is not the first time that this writer has come across this sort of group condemnation. A few years back, when the notion of Black Male Privilege started to become a thing, I expressed my concerns about this idea in two separate posts.
When the discourse is more about insulting half a race, then it needs to be questioned. The point in having a theory that explains the world as it is, is to have a guide to action. Even theories that are set forth to improve the world are examined. Don’t propagate a theory, and expect people not to question it. This second hit piece toes the line in this emerging narrative, and gives online journalism and bloggers a bad name. Black men are already regarded as a group as super-predators, drug dealers, thieves, absentee fathers, and untrustworthy miscreants. But, I suppose a group that is already under attack from multiple directions can stand yet another deadly stereotype as a millstone around our necks.
For those who have not seen Antonio Moore’s video, it is below.