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One thing that greatly bothers me as brother living in The Belly Of The Beast known as America is the constant perpetuation and glorification of of a lot of African-American men as toxically masculine by the mainstream American media.
African-American men in this country for the most part have never been portrayed as well by the mainstream American media. Fast forward to today, the images of African-American men that are common in mainstream media are alcoholics, druggies, trappers, drag queens, gangsters, thugs, super predators, criminals, athletes, entertainers, and rappers.
African-American men in America are some of the most educated because there are about 60% more African-American men in college than in prison despite what mainstream media wants you to believe. They have also been on the forefront of our liberation since it began which produced some of the greatest African-American revolutionaries and innovators in American history that you never hear about in the American public school history books from Malcolm X, Huey Newton, to George Washington Carver.
The one image of African-American that is often portrayed by the mainstream American media is the toxically masculine one and this image is often used to our detriment because mainstream society holds African-American men to a very low and dangerous standard of being too toxically masculine to the point that they can’t express themselves, live life, or do things without being challenged socially about their appearance, sexuality, or validity. As well as a lot of them being physically abusive and sexist towards African-American women.
Here are the types of toxic masculine African-American men in America.
1. Sexism Towards African-American Women – One of the most destructive elements coming from not only sexist minded guys, but also a lot of the pseudo-conscious guys that I’ve seen last year is the extreme sexism and the intense pushback that they show when someone says that intellectual sisters should also be able to lead the community and maybe that will help quell all these egotistical pseudo-conscious guys that are saying things that are counterproductive to our advancement as a people. And besides there have been many melanated queens who have been strong warriors and rulers throughout history.
2. Violence Towards African-American Women – A lot of African men that have very sexist attitudes towards African-America women come from very dysfunctional households where their mothers were often victims of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of their boyfriends and it creates everlasting psychological trauma for a lot of them and causes them to develop a very negative view of African-American women in general to the point of utilizing their masculinity in a very harmful and destructive way towards African-American women
3. Allowing The Colonial Power Structure To Use Them To Inflict Self-Destruction Towards Our Community – Lil Wayne is an example of the mindset of a colonized minded man whose brain has been corroded and hijacked by the colonial power structure to use his platform as evil rather than good by promoting messages that amounts to various forms of self-destruction towards our people, especially our young men in particular.
4. Horizontal Violence Amongst Young African-American Men – One of the biggest examples of toxic masculinity in our community is the horizontal violence amongst young African-American men that happens on a daily basis and the main catalyst behind horizontal violence in our community is colonialism.
The Conclusion – We must teach our young men how to be a strong, proud, and masculine without allowing their masculinity to become toxically destructive to themselves and their community.
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All Marvin Anderson ever wanted to be was a firefighter. Instead, at 18 years old, he was wrongfully convicted of rape, sodomy, abduction and robbery.When a Virginia judge sentenced him to 210 years in prison, “My whole body went numb,” Anderson told CNN. “I knew I was going to prison for something I didn’t do.”It took 15 years behind bars and five years on parole before Anderson was exonerated for his crimes — the result of DNA testing.“I trusted in the justice system and it failed me,” he said.Anderson is just one of hundreds of black men who have been convicted of and exonerated for crimes they didn’t commit. A new report from the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project between the University of California, Irvine; University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law, shows that black people are more likely to be wrongfully convicted than white people and are also likely to spend longer in prison before being exonerated for their crimes.While black people represent 13% of the US population, they represent a whopping 47% of the 1,900 exonerations in the registry.“In some cases, you see some type of explicit racism,” said Samuel Gross, a law professor at University of Michigan and a senior editor of the report. Implicit racism is also a factor, Gross said.Researchers focused on three types of crimes where black people were more likely than whites to be exonerated: murder, sexual assault and drug crimes. While they acknowledged that the causes of each exoneration “differ sharply from one type of crime to another,” they also said they found patterns of racial discrimination in all three groups.According to the researchers, innocent blacks are seven times more likely to be convicted of murder than innocent white people. Gross said this was partly because homicide rates among black people are higher than among white people, and innocent black people are therefore more likely to get suspected and convicted of murder. (According to data from the FBI, 52% of murder victims in 2014 were black and 46% were white, and 53% of offenders were black compared to 45% who were white).In addition, murder cases where a black defendant was wrongfully convicted were 22% more likely to involve police misconduct than those involving white defendants.Black people serving time for sexual assault are three-and-a-half times more likely to be innocent than white defendants that have been convicted of sexual assault. The bulk of the racial disparities in sexual assault convictions can be explained by white victims who mistakenly identify black assailants, said Gross, particularly when the victim is a white woman and the offender a black man.Gross said white people are less likely to accurately identify black faces — a concept known as “own race bias” in cross-racial identification.When it comes to drug crimes, innocent blacks were 12 times more likely to be convicted than innocent whites. While black and white people have similar rates of illegal drug use, black people are more likely to be arrested and convicted of such offenses than white people are, researchers found.To read more Click or Copy link below:Post Views: 1,060
Many folks try to make a dollar out of 15 cents, but African-Americans don’t always take those nickels and dimes to a bank.
More than 18% of African-Americans don’t have traditional bank accounts, compared with 7% of all Americans, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. But where banks don’t fill the bill, communities have created their own solutions, including grass roots traditions and minority-owned banks and credit unions.
“People turn to the alternative forms of financing and credit because they don’t have the same access [to mainstream services],” says Vicki Bogan, associate professor of economics at Cornell University. “And that’s perfectly rational.”
For much of American history, legislation restricted minority access to mainstream financial services. Bogan points to segregation and Jim Crow laws that barred blacks from regular banks and forced them to look for other options.
One informal alternative is called a “sou-sou.” Also known as rotating savings and credit associations, sou-sous can help people save money without using a savings account.
Here’s how they work: Every week or so, the members each contribute a set amount of cash, and one member takes home the pool. This rotates until every member has received a payout. Members won’t see their savings grow, but in the end, the amount paid in equals the amount received. Prevalent in West African and Caribbean immigrant communities in the U.S., sou-sous are used virtually all over the world.
More formally, black-owned banks once flourished, Bogan says: At least 134 were founded in the U.S. between 1888 to 1934. And though there are fewer today, these banks and other nonstandard financing remain relevant.
Nikki Beasley is the executive director of Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services in Richmond, California, a nonprofit that connects low-income families to housing. She worked as a bank manager for 25 years and sees mistrust of banks and subtle cues from bankers as modern-day obstacles for people of color who want to enter the banking system.
“If a person doesn’t look a certain way or isn’t perceived to look [worthy of] service, the level of interaction and engagement tends to shift” on the banker’s part, Beasley says. That lack of engagement can discourage people from opening accounts.
Individual bank employees aren’t the only hurdle. Since 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined several banks for illegally denying fair access to credit or overcharging for loans because of customers’ race.
Black-owned banks can ease these worries for customers. Not every community has one, but online and mobile banking have made it easier for potential customers to find alternatives.
Last year, rapper Killer Mike encouraged black Americans to open accounts in minority-owned banks, kicking off the #BankBlack movement. Celebrities including Usher and Solange Knowles have also announced their support for black banks.
But Beasley says that while the internet can help spread awareness of black-owned banks, some consumers might meet a fully virtual experience with skepticism. “They may need an education component” to set up and learn to navigate online tools, she says.
For Maggie Anderson, switching to black-owned Liberty Bank was a matter of supporting her community.
Anderson is the author of “Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy,” a book based on her experience shopping solely at black-owned businesses for 12 months. She was having an anniversary dinner with her husband 10 years ago when something clicked.
“The whole time we were there, we talked about all the crises in our community, the poverty, unemployment…and then the check came and we paid the bill. And that’s when we realized that we are a part of the problem,” Anderson says. “Our people needed that money. Our businesses needed that money. Our community is only as strong as our businesses and banks.”
No matter how you choose to bank, it’s important to do your research, Bogan says. “Make sure you know what type of products and services you’re using, what are the costs, what are the benefits, what are the risks.”Post Views: 832