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Liberation Movements and Black-on-Black Survival Love

It’s No Ordinary Love

Steven Randolph Cureton

Black women are long overdue for proper recognition as primary love interests and researchers who are so inclined must do a better job of uncovering examples of black men who proclaim black women as more than a default companion. A primary objective of this book is to examine love letters, civil rights pursuits, and interpersonal relations amongst prominent liberation icons. Additionally, exploring colorism, black power, nihilism, race manners, race matters, black feminism, secular verification of spirituality and racial casting will hopefully provide insight concerning whether black-on-black love is a survival type of love. This is attractive for any undergraduate and graduate level courses seeking to understand the nature of the black experience in America. Moreover, this book is intended to reach audiences interested in the real thin line between love and hate amongst black men and black women.
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Chapter One Good for One Another, No Good for One Another


Is the black man really a black woman’s essential companion? The remnants of the black experience starting with slavery and proceeding through every maniacal action inclusive of Jim Crow, racial terrorism, physical and psychological warfare, civil rights infringements, partial legal and social regulation and control, as well as every other political maneuver to redact equitable citizenship in this country have in many ways reconfigured gender roles. American society has traditionally pushed the narrative that ultra-femininity is white and female. The nineteenth century moved to clarify four qualities of true womanhood as piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity (Morgan and Bennett 2006). The contextual realties of the black experience, starting with slavery, a plantation economy and proceeding through revolution, liberation, civil rights, Black Nationalism, and black power movements repositioned black women as more of a matriarch, at times a side-by-side oppression recipient and even comrade for moments of armed resistance. Slavery negated the humanity of both black males and females, and in place of that humanity was the condition of being owned as one would own property for generations (Broussard 2013; and Davis 1971a;). ←11 | 12→ Let’s be clear, slavery was incompatible with black humanity; it was a sexual war meant to extinguish any sense of independence and/or freedom of thought, which is why it is necessary to position slavery as a process of uprooting and forcing Africans who became black in America to act “inorganically” (Davis 1971a: p. 3). Slavery was supported by colonized domestic terrorism where slaveholders monopolized violence and/or...

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