The politics of judging the character of a man

Practical Politics

David L. Horne, PH.D. | 8/14/2014, midnight

Is this the new measure of our character as Black men? Black, evil, ugly and too crazy for words?

How can we protest and protect ourselves from the daily micro-racial toxins we continue to face when we have to admit that some of us, maybe way too many of us, have simply snapped? We’ve decided that shooting each other in the face, and doing other unspeakable things to each other, is not only okay but the new normal?

Hey, my brothers, we have got to reclaim our high ground. Those of us with character must step up and seize control over who defines us and who speaks for us. The clowns cannot be brought in to represent us anymore. It’s time to step up and speak up for our 21st century manhood.

Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.

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