Saturday, June 08, 2013

Dr. Z -On Being A Good Black Man

Another blac (k) ademic post from Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler that needs to be signal boosted.  

Brought back some not so pleasant memories when I was on that side of the gender fence and dealt with the bigotry, microaggressive and macroaggressive crap of walking around in society in a Black male body that Kortney and other black trans brothers are dealing with now.. 

We live in a world that assumes the worst of young black masculinity to the point in which it causes concerned citizens–even those of color–to act as race vigilantes who enforce preventative measures with the hopes of keeping black men from acting out our criminal nature. The absurdity of the policing of black male violence by “good racists” lies in the reality that violence itself is used and celebrated as the preferred tactic of approach. Ultimately relaying a message that black men and boys are fair game for public scrutiny–even to the extent of annihilation. The murder of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent violent posturing of his life as an acceptable defense for his death is a perfect example.
And sometimes those negative assumptions about Black masculinity bleed over into trans world, too. 

Check out this latest post by Dr. Z. 

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