If you missed the debate on Janice Graham’s Our Common Ground last night, then you missed a historic moment. Drs. Tommy J. Curry and David E. Ikard debated the concept of Black Male Feminism and assessed its potential, validity, and moral fortitude. More to the point, they discussed feminism’s influence on the matter, and whether or not there is any merit to the idea that Black men have “not been there” for Black women (historically). In truth, there are several arguments that extremist Black feminists have posited in regard to Black men that Curry and Ikard engaged:
1) Black men never support Black women, even though Black women always support Black men.
2) Black women’s lives and experiences are overshadowed by Black men.
3) Intersectionality Theory exposes how much more oppressed Black women are than any other group.
4) Black men have gender privilege over Black women and refuse to accept it.
5) Black men are the primary domestic violence abusers and have no regard for Black women.
6) Academic Black Feminism represents all Black women and is the best vehicle for addressing gender in the Black community.
7) Black men have always sought to emulate White masculinity’s patriarchal tendencies.