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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 Eight Closing in on Love

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The primary goal of this book was to counter the dominant narrative about nihilism that fuels black-on-black crime with the potential for black-on-black love being critical for postmodern intra-racial liberation and survival. The introduction, Not by Default but Foremost Essential for Black Love, describes the origins of writing a book about black love, which was born out of a moment of reflection concerning the emotional shift I noticed that a black female student was experiencing during an early semester lecture in my course on African-American Social Thought. I felt the need and I understand it now after reading Baldwin and Giovanni’s (1971) Soul! dialogue about love and the duty of black writers to offer evidence of black men loving black women by choice, not by default.

Chapter One, Good for One Another, No Good for One Another, attempted to shed light on the contextual realities that removed black women from the category of a true woman (having qualities of piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity) and placed her in the sub-feminine Amazon (man less female warrior) category. The wounds that black women suffered were witnessed by black men and to the degree ←133 | 134→ that he was not able to shield or protect her, he thus became emasculated. Did he then look on that black woman as his personal failure resulting in ultimate insecurity and devalued masculinity, or did he decide that so long as the battle rages, the reward of liberation will be a loyal love? The jury...

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