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OH YOU WERE FINISHED, WELL PLEASE ALLOW ME TO RETORT

December 20, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

My response to the commentary in response to the article posted at ESSENCE Magazine:

 

Sadly I write this…the video vixen, the Halle Berry, the Eurocentric intoxication, the unregulated sexual prowess, the spreader of diseases, the abandoner of responsibility, the lack of self control assigned exclusively and associated solely with black male identity, the over all unworthiness and non-necessity of all Black Men…Many of these misperceptions on Black Men are tackled, substantiated or refuted, and examined for their social, cultural and relationship impacts, through the film.

The masks we have placed upon ourselves and each other, the pseudo-self satisfying templates castigating the group through a narrowly defined set of experiences is denigrating us all, Man and woman alike. It is my hopes that one day; we can move beyond the hubris that allows us to posture pretentiously in judgment of one another. The underlying tone of unresolved angst, unfettered hostility and unmitigated resentment is fueling the division I am referring too. And our pain is holding us all hostages.

This series of commentaries to the article while unsettling, highlights how far too many of us think and feel about one another. More troubling is that too many of us are willing too engage in a public forum, speculative discourse unsubstantiated by any analytical, empirical or logical assessments of the true facts of our situation. Rather the reflections of the cold and hardened brutality of our personal choices and trying to conform an entire group to a whittled down narrative. This “undeclared civil war” while tragic, is reinforcing the disconnect I am constantly try to mend, through lectures, speeches and this film.

JM – Director “WBMT”

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