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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 Two A Love of Our Own: The Manner in Which Black Men Love

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There is enough literature and social discourse aimed at the social construction of black women, inclusive of casting negative dispersions and highlighting marriage suitability. For reason that non-flattering narratives of black womanhood saturate the cultural market, this chapter will instead focus on the relationship between black men and black women as an apocalyptic fusion. More specifically, the focus will be on the gender inequality dogma a disproportionate number of black men from virtually every social class seems to trumpet. Cleaver contends that Africans who became black in America experienced “primeval mitosis,” a splitting of energy and a severing unity of spirit starting with slavery, and carrying through integration and assimilation, which was followed by an “apocalyptic fusion,” a desperate and troublesome attempt to reunify as essential companions (Cleaver 1968: 207). The black man and black woman shared a pure African element (nucleus of a union of energies) that was physically separated by slavery and consciously split by colonization (evidence of a primeval mitosis). The apocalyptic fusion, the attempt by black men and black women to establish and maintain a functional relationship, is problematic because of ←23 | 24→ polarizing gender roles, and relationship practices that appear to be offensively contradictory (Cureton and Wilson 2012:10; and Cleaver 1968: 218).

This chapter assumes that black women are inherently beautiful, with tangible and intangible qualities, attributes, traits, and characteristics that make them worthy of functional love by choice, not by default. There are millions of black women that are grace personified,...

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