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Black Men’s Studies

Black Manhood and Masculinities in the U.S. Context


Serie McDougal III

Black Men's Studies offers an approach to understanding the lives and the self determination of men of African descent in the U.S. context. It not only frames their experiences, it also explores the multidimensional approaches to advancing the lives of Black men. Particular attention is given to placing Black men in their own unique historical, cultural, and socio-political contexts.

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Chapter 7 Black Men in Politics


Chapter 7

Black Men in Politics

One of the means by which Black males contribute to the shaping of their own realities—as well as that of their communities and the larger society—is their political thought and action. Black males have found unique ways to express their humanity and their manhood through creative political ideas, strategies, and structures both inside and outside of mainstream politics. This chapter explores that ways that Black manhood and masculinity shape Black males’ politics. Key subject areas this chapter engages are the recent and remote history of African/Black male politics, the varied means by which Black men have engaged in political thought and action, the development of their political ideologies, and the varied social institutions Black men use to exercise their politics. Most importantly, this chapter explores the ways that the political heritage of Black males can be mobilized to enhance their lives and those of people of African descent in general.

Classical African Philosophies of Politics

Classical African political systems go back to the political organization of ancient Ethiopia and Egypt (Anderson & Stewart, 2007). The culture-specific political systems of pre-colonial African civilizations developed political principles, methods, and governmental structures (Anderson & Stewart, 2007). The worldviews represented in these political systems are the point of reference for understanding the evolution of political thinking and experiences of African Americans. One specific ancient Kemetic text, The Instructions to the Prime Minister, outlines for the newly appointed Prime...

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