Black Men on Race, Gender, and Sexuality: A Critical Reader by Devon Carbado

By Devon Carbado

In past due 1995, the Million guy March drew millions of black males to Washington, DC, and appeared even to skeptics a robust signal not just of black male unity, but in addition of black racial unity. but whereas producing a feeling of neighborhood and customary function, the Million guy March, with its planned exclusion of girls and implicit rejection of black homosexual males, additionally highlighted one of many important faultlines in African American politics: the function of gender and sexuality in antiracist schedule. during this groundbreaking anthology, a spouse to the hugely winning severe Race Feminism, Devon Carbado alterations the phrases of the controversy over racism, gender, and sexuality in black the United States. The essays disguise such issues because the criminal development of black male identification, family abuse within the black group, the long-lasting strength of black machismo, the politics of black male/white girl relationships, racial essentialism, the position of black males in black women's quest for racial equality, and the heterosexist nature of black political engagement. that includes paintings by means of Cornel West, Huey Newton, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Houston Baker, Marlon T. Riggs, Dwight McBride, Michael Awkward, Ishmael Reed, Derrick Bell, and so on, Devon Carbado's anthology stakes out new territory within the American racial landscape.--Critical the USA, a chain edited by way of Richard Delgado and Jean Stephancic.

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Feb. 29, 1992, A1. 24. Susan Yoachum, “Buchanan Calls AIDS ‘Retribution,’” San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 28, 1992, A1. 25. Julia Duin, “Black Lesbian Film Likely to Rekindle Arts-Funding Furor,” Washington Times, June 14, 1996, A2. 26. Gary David Comstock, Violence against Lesbians and Gay Men (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991), 37, 146. Much of the data on ho­ mophobic violence do not contain information about the race of the victim. One other survey, however, provides such information and reaches a dif­ ferent result from Comstock’s.

The second reason I march: Although Minister Farrakhan—with whom I have deep disagreements—initiated this demonstration, the demonstration is about matters much bigger than him. I have in mind the general invisibility of, and indifference to, black sadness, sorrow, and social misery and the disrespect and disregard in which blacks are held in America and abroad. We agree on highlighting black suf­ fering. In casting the demonstration as “Farrakhan’s march,” the mainstream media want to shift the focus from black pain to white anxiety.

1991), the school board stressed the statistics of black males’ high incarceration, homi­ cide, unemployment, and drop-out rates in support of the all-black male academies. In rejecting their equal protection claim, the district court noted, “Urban girls drop out of school, suffer loss of self-esteem and become in­ volved in criminal activity. Ignoring the plight of urban females institutional­ izes inequality and perpetuates the myth that females are doing well in the current system” (at 1007; citations omitted).

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