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Toward an anti-sexist black American male identity
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Billy Johnson IiBilly Johnson Ii
In this article, the author presents an analysis of the socialization experience of an individual Black American man. He deconstructs critical childhood experiences that reinforced patriarchal norms, followed by experiences with family and in places of scholarship where he began to grapple with his role as an oppressor. Sexism in general is addressed, and the author expresses a need for men to acknowledge and confront their internalized and externalized sexism. This issue becomes particularly complex with Black American men who may feel systemically powerless. To eradicate sexism in the Black American community, Black American men must redefine their ideas about male identity. The author concludes by recommending that Black American men and all men of color discuss the impact of racism in their lives while still accepting responsibility for their sexist attitudes, behavior, and socialization.