There are innumerable reasons why I believe that flawed Manhood constructs not only doom any male, regardless of their socioeconomic status or race, but also anyone — spouse, son, daughter, niece, nephew — in their proximity to a compromised life.
Experience has taught me that it is one’s understanding or the lack thereof, of Manhood that guides decision-making processes, priorities, and sets boundaries regarding what is, and is not, permissible by their own code of honor. Whenever there are prominent flaws in this area, particularly as it deals with the fairer sex, society should brace itself for actions that will contradict long-standing rules of civilization.
I am certain that by now you have either seen or read the news reports regarding the brutal rape of an 18-year-old young lady in the Brownsville Section of Brooklyn, New York. Just in case you have missed this latest moment of inexplicable black-on-black violence, a father was out for a walk with his daughter when they were accosted by five Black males, one of which brandished a handgun, at Osborn Playground near Hegeman Avenue around 9:20 p.m.
According to the victim’s father, the gun was pointed at him prior to him being ordered to “get the #$^^ out of here.” While the father fled, the assailants forcibly removed the victims pants and took turns raping her at gunpoint. The suspects fled after the victim’s father arrived with officers.
All but one of the perpetrators, whose images were captured on a surveillance camera at a local bodega, are in police custody. Two 15-year-old males were produced after their parents saw their image on the local news while a 14-year-old and 17-year-old were apprehended by law enforcement authorities.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued the following statement:
“I am disgusted and deeply saddened by the horrific attack that took place in Brownsville yesterday evening. We will take every step possible to find and swiftly prosecute the assailants of this vicious crime. Every New Yorker in every neighborhood deserves to feel safe and protected, and we will not stop until the perpetrators of this disturbing attack are held accountable for their actions. This administration has zero tolerance for sexual attacks, and we will work to ensure a crime of this nature never happens again.”
It is predictable that the brazenness of this attack would capture the headlines of New York City, it should remind many of the Central Park jogger case and serve as an ominous threat to all New Yorkers, however, it won’t because the victim of this unconscionable attack was an African-American female.
Unfortunately for African-American women, the response from Black America in regards to black-on-black sexual assault and rape cases will be much more subdued, if acknowledged at all, for one particular reason. African-American women have historically been this nation’s most abused, disrespected, and unprotected population. For many, the fact that African-American women are little more than prey that males are permitted to hunt, attack, and abuse for their own sadistic pleasure.
This status as an exotic prey whose most significant utility is satisfying the male sexual appetite is nothing new for females of African descent as the hunt for them on the North American continent pre-dates the formation of America.
If African-American male’s had a developed sense of Manhood, they would have recognized long ago that their principle utility boils down to two primary things, their service as a protector and a provider; historically we have failed Black women on both accounts. To the horror and disbelief of African-American women, many African-Americans males have chosen not to defend them against sexual attack, they have inexplicably joined the chase.
Although such a choice should be unfathomable, the truth of the matter is that a flawed understanding of Manhood provides African-American males ample room to rationalize their predatory urges. The alluded to individuals, incubated in a patriarchal society that champions violence and cheers sexual conquests, have been socialized to believe that a ‘real man’ is best measured by his sexual exploits/conquests of unwilling victims.
Make no mistake about it, the alluded to flaws in many African-American males understanding of Manhood goes a great measure in explaining that while Black women make up 13% of all American females, they are nearly 20% of all female rape victims; sadly, the perpetrators of the numerous rapes and sexual assaults that Black women are subjected to are African-American men.
Although I am not under the delusion that they care, however, these predators in our midst should know that the effects of their sadistic sexual habits reverberate over time as survivors of sexual assault are:
- 3 times more likely to suffer from depression
- 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
- 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
- 26 times more likely to abuse drugs
- 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide
Unfortunately for the entire African-American community such matters mean very little for no reason other than the victim’s race and gender.
And for that I, and I pray that you as well, are ashamed.
James Thomas Jones III
© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016.