The Castration of the Black Man [a reblog]

Thanks for this excellent post, MINDSIGHTCOLLECTIVE. It perfectly illustrates the marathons men with Black skin and an African identity must run before they can walk or even stand. I realize the system is designed for us to always come in last place, but I hope you gain strength and some peace in clarity of how you came to be perceived as so much of what you’re not.

 

The Black male is only conscious of himself through the ideals of the dominant culture that does not see him or allow him to function as a man of equal status. Thus creating a conflicting identity of being a Black man in a White society. Black masculinity has been institutionalised and socialised by the White […]

via The Castration Of The Black Man — MINDSIGHTCOLLECTIVE

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16 comments

  1. TheWarner · February 17

    Admittedly, the image grabbed my attention , but that is a great article. Your reblogging of this piece has introduced me to yet another new and intriguing site. Thank you.

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  2. Lady G · February 19

    Ms. Kelley, I had to study that image for awhile; there is a lot being ‘said’ there.
    i’ll get over to the post a little bit later 🙂

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  3. Tareau Barron · February 20

    This post was timed perfectly. And it’s nothing but the truth.

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  4. Darryl Walker Jr · February 21

    Great post! All very true. Makes me think of how right after “emancipation”, a lot of black men were not only lynched, but they were castrated and their penises were shoved in their mouths. The hatred of black men is, in many ways, rooted in sexuality and a desire for sexual “revenge.”

    It seems as if black men are in a double bind. We are either too much or too little. Black men are seen as either hyper-masculine (i.e. having huge penises and/or inclinations toward rape); or as emasculated (i.e. the stereotype of not being a ‘real’ man because we don’t have jobs and/or take care of our children; wearing baggy pants that expose our buttocks, suggesting homosexuality). Black men are either superhuman or subhuman … but never actually HUMAN. These concepts are two sides of the same coin, whether one [being superhuman] is framed as a compliment or not. The idea that black men are the best lovers has the same impulse as saying black men are non-human. In both cases, black men are emasculated or “castrated”.

    It reminds me of that Key & Peele skit about white women discussing sex with black men: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iz_mVgEzqg

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    • K E Garland · February 21

      Such a good point!

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    • kelley · February 22

      Haaaa that skit was hilarious! Typical filterless white girls! Thank you for sharing.

      And thank you for your insight. SO sadly true. Black men are never allowed to just be. Their breathing is a threat. You gave great examples but another I’ll mention is being shot repeatedly by cops. Like one bullet can’t kill a Black man; you have to unload on him.

      Thanks again, Darryl. Always a pleasure hearing from you.

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      • Darryl Walker Jr · February 22

        Hi Kelley! The gun seems to be an extension and/or substitute for the penis. Great point about police killings. And great word choice with “unload”. In sexual slang, this term is used to describe the process of male ejaculation. For a lot of men, as suggested in the article, sexual prowess is often measured in the ability to “shoot” semen. We imagine sex in violent terms; and sperm becomes the bullets – often referred to as a man’s “little soldiers”. Since black men are the most likely to be murdered – at the hands of a gun – it becomes clear that murdering black men is a key to constituting masculinity.

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        • kelley · February 22

          Precisely! I heard a clip from a Dr. Welsing speech that put the gun + Black penis in a similar analogy. Goes right along with all the ways to dehumanize the Black male.

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      • Darryl Walker Jr · February 22

        …and I think that the murder of black men is the ultimate castration. Okay, I’m done lol. =D thanks for the piece!

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        • kelley · February 22

          The ultimate!

          I had to share. It’s too great not to. Thanks for reading + the feedback.

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