The Gender Component of
Black Men’s Double Whammy

Racial Bias against Black Men is certainly real and harmful.

So is Gender Bias. It’s just much harder to recognize, understand and think about.

This well-meaning man who is clearly concerned about making life better for Black Men

is talking about how Black Men are treated less favorably than Black Women.

He attributes the difference not to gender bias but to racial bias even though Black Men and Black Women are of the same race.

Rhode Island Public Television

November 18, 2005

Perhaps the clearest evidence of sexism against Black Men

is the common epithet, “Black men ain’t shit.”

John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood, 1991

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Janks Morton (2009). Why He Hates You:

How Unreconciled Maternal Anger Is Destroying Black Men and Boys.

Marlboro, Maryland: iYAGO Publishing

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Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Cornel West (1998). The War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America's Beleaguered Moms and Dads.

New York: Houghton Mifflin.

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Raymond A. Winbush (2001). The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys. New York: Harper Collins.

“Men are so constituted that they derive their conviction of their own possibilities largely from the estimate formed of them by others. If nothing is expected of a people, that people will find it difficult to contradict the expectation.”

— Frederick Douglass, “What Negroes Want,”

in The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, vol. 4, ed. Philip S. Foner

(New York: International, 1955), 159-160.

Cited in The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration the Age of Colorblindness,

Michelle Alexander (New York: The New Press, 2010), 143.

Doris Caldwell’s
chapter in
Good Will Toward Men
Audrey Chapman’s
chapter in
Good Will Toward Men

Coach Kammer, Baltimore Sun, March 26, 1989