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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 Six Love Is a Task: Say It Giovanni, Say It Baldwin


The civil rights movement (1950s through the mid-1970s) represented a religious and spiritual approach that forced America to examine its own hypocrisy relative to freedom, bravery, and creed, which were undermined by economic, cultural, political, and social discretions that failed to deliver the promise of full participation in pursuit of the American Dream. Due to the civil rights movement, America’s free society, democratic image had been supplanted by the hypocrisy of chastising other nations for their human rights offenses while acting as a superpower that was saturated with politicking with blacks over civil concessions, when the larger issue was human deservedness, citizen entitlements, and full engagement in a democracy (Branch and Jackson 2020; Cureton, 2020, 2011; Meier and Rudwick 1970; and Clark 1966). The civil rights movement was relatively successful in securing some measure of civil privileges afforded to citizens (e.g., the right to public accommodation, education, living arrangements, employment, and non-discriminatory practices in life and leisure). The movement brought about the opportunity for integration and assimilation and alternatively created an intra-racial stratified class and cast black colony because of black flight. Black ←95 | 96→ flight is a complete economic, social, cultural, and residential distancing by middle-class blacks from communities where residents were not in a position to take advantage of the opportunity to fully participate in the employment industry because of educational, vocational, and skill development deficiencies. Black flight was so devastating to those blacks left behind that communities became un-settled, collectively resource strained, fragmented and ultimately vulnerable to...

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