This has been an ongoing conversation that has since resurfaced since Kobe's passing. After all, Black Women have a myriad of issues, both on social media and off social media, that could be solved if we Black Men stood behind us. Whatchall think?
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I have spoken with my friend group about this very thing. I choose to focus my energy empowering and uplifting black women instead of men because there tends to be more solidarity there. I don’t try to intentionally put black men down, but I also don’t go out of my way to support them.
Definitely agree with the last part, and I also think that black women are always going to step up and support black men because that’s what we’ve always done. In terms of disenfranchising black women, I think black men need to recognize when their words, or lack thereof, hurt black women. Like when snoop went off on Gayle. Whether he thought it was appropriate or not for her comments about Kobe, that visualization of a black man calling a black woman out of her name conveys to black men and boys all over the globe that his behavior is acceptable. If other black men jumped up to call him out on his disrespect, I think they could’ve sparked a more general conversation on how black women are treated, and I think more black men would be willing to step up and defend black women in the future.
I think we most definitely have to continue to support them, even though a lot of times they don’t reciprocate that towards us. I do believe that there needs to be a reorientation of black men to stop characterizing black women as things that we are not. Each time a black man chooses to disenfranchise a black women because of a bad experience or whatever it may be, they do the same thing white people do to by profiling and stereotyping them.