Changing Masculinity for Black Men
By: Donald V. Watkins
©Copyrighted and Published on November 13, 2019
The November 2019 issue of GQ Magazine is interesting. It features a cover story on the New Masculinity, with a photo of music mogul Pharrell Williams on the cover dressed in effeminate attire. On page 16 of the magazine, GQ shows painter Jonathan Lyndon Chase and his husband, Will Chase, in an intimate embrace.
This is the new masculinity for black men. Dresses. Makeup. Purses. Effeminate male lovers laying on top of men.
The white political organizations, mainstream media, corporate community, and entertainment establishments are reshaping the image of black men from strong masculine figures we adored like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., U.S. Senator Edward Brookes (R-Massachusetts), General Colin Powell, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to men like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), rapper Kanye West, as well as effeminate entertainers like Lil Nas X, E.J. Johnson, and Jonathan Lyndon Chase.
In the new paradigm, certified Uncle Toms, neutered political figures, and effeminate black men are exalted in the mainstream press and showcased by the entertainment industry as role models for the black community. These black men have joined the ranks of sports figures as the promoted face of non-threatening black men (except for NFL football players like former quarterback Colin Kaepernick).
In recent decades, the national political landscape has seen the demise of power players like Mayors Maynard Jackson (Atlanta), Marion Barry (Washington), Coleman Young (Detroit), as well as U.S. Representatives Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore), John Conyers (D-Detroit), and John Lewis (D-Atlanta). For the most part, these civil rights icons have been replaced by a litany of safe black men such as Mayor Randall Woodfin (Birmingham), State Representative Chris England (newly elected Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party), and legions of state legislators, city council members, county commissioners, and federal, state, and local black judges who have been molded in the political image of Clarence Thomas.
It is generally acknowledged in the black community that Clarence Thomas represents the gold standard for Uncle Tomism in America.
One of the few exceptions to this disturbing trend is newly elected Montgomery, Alabama mayor, Steven Reed, who hails from a strong and committed civil rights family in Alabama. Steven Reed, the former Montgomery County Probate Judge, has never been weak or compromised on matters of race or his masculinity.
In short, effeminate acting men and gay black men are the new standard bearers of the black community, and Uncle Tomism is on the rise. In contrast, the white political, business, sports, and entertainment establishments are riding the rising tide of hardcore white male privilege that was ushered in with the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Trump, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are the faces of white male privilege in the modern era. There is nothing effeminate about them.
Likewise, there is nothing effeminate about Wall Street. Its worldwide symbol is a statue of a raging bull.
The transformation from strong black men to effeminate black men is not the result of accident or a coincidence. Strong black men have always been under seize in America. Now, they are almost extinct. The psychological castration of black men has replaced the centuries of physical castration they suffered.
Where will it end?