It’s No Ordinary Love
Chapter Eight Closing in on Love
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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