Black Male Exceptionalism: You are not going EXTINCT!!


The Black male is not going extinct. This myth needs to be dispelled and our black women need to be heard.  I understand the need to provide programs and resources for our black boys and me, but you can’t invest millions on them without slighting our women and girls.  The efforts you grind for, for them has to be just as demanding for our girls.  Local programs and resources have always been at the forefront of women issues.  Why can’t it be national?  History has told many tales and stories of the black boys and men, but pieces of stories about our sisters and wives.  Women are not a subclass! – AcademicHustler1975


“Black male exceptionalism” is the premise that African American men fare more poorly than any other group in the United States. The discourse of Black male exceptionalism presents African American men as an “endangered species.” Some government agencies, foundations, and activists have responded by creating “Black male achievement” programs. There are almost no corresponding “Black female achievement” programs. Yet empirical data does not support the claim that Black males are burdened more than Black females. Without attention to intersectionality, Black male achievement programs risk obscuring Black females and advancing patriarchal values. Black male achievement programs also risk reinforcing stereotypes that African American males are violent and dangerous. An intersectional approach would create space for Black male focused interventions, but require parity for Black female programs.Paul Butler

I recently wrote a paper on this topic a few months back. These were some of the takeaways.





Source: Butler, Paul D., “Black Male Exceptionalism? The Problems and Potential of Black Male-Focused Interventions” (2013). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. Paper 1314.

Herbert J. Gans (2011). THE MOYNIHAN REPORT AND ITS AFTERMATHS. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 8, pp 315-327. doi:10.1017/S1742058X11000385.

Washburn Law Journal, ARTICLE: Political Invisibility of Black Women: Still Suspect but No Suspect Class Fall, 2010, Angela Mae Kupenda, with Letitia Simmons Johnson and Ramona Seabron-Williams

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