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Be You…African…Sensitive, Feeling, Fair…Not white or Patriarchally…Controlling, Dominating, Superior, Unfair…
Your mentor, Diop, said you, Black/African men are fair to women and everybody else…DuBois said that you can only be you if you know your history and live your culture…which is
And, ‘being hard’ is detrimental to your health…says the literature…see Emotional Invulnerability: The Cost of Being “Hard”. It says ‘partriarchal’ society teaches Black men to ‘act’ “hard” and suffer severe chronic stressors, shortened lifespan, strokes, cardiovascular disease, alcoholism and drug abuse, mood disorders, highest rates of prostrate cancer in the world, leading cause of death and suicide…while dealing with the socio-economics of institutional racism…racism/white supremacy, discrimination, low socioeconomics, incarceration, un/under employment, etc., etc., etc.
To you Black/African, men of color the world over, I wish you a Happy Father’s Day.
The Association of Black Psychologist suggest that you loosen up, soften up, be you…talk, communicate how you really…feel
Black Men…Seldom Talk About Their Anger…They Need To As Does Kymore Freeman In
His One Man Play, ‘Whites Only’
My recommendation…12 Steps to Recover From Racism (RFRWS)
, program manager at We Act Radio in Southeast. Throughout the month of March, Freeman has performed “Whites Only” for audiences at local Bus Boys & Poets restaurants with the hopes of bringing the play to the Mosaic Theater Company of DC in Northeast later this year.
The March 12 show at the 5th and K Streets location in Northwest attracted nearly two dozen people, three of whom were white. Freeman said that while black audiences have enjoyed his material, he looks forward to the day that he can express his unfiltered thoughts before an all-white crowd.
“I’ve committed my life to telling the lion’s story. I attempt to do that through We Act Radio, testimonies at D.C. council hearings, and in the streets,” said Freeman. “We live in a system that has determined one rule of law for one group of people and one rule of law for another group. Do you think that if black cops were shooting white children that the end result would be the same? No one has answered in affirmation. Our silence is approval of the situation.”
In “Whites Only,” Freeman stands onstage sporting a black shirt with “Don’t Shoot” emblazoned across the front. The two-hour show starts with his plea to guests to understand from where their long-held beliefs and traditions originated. He later regales guests with stories from his adolescence and adulthood while sipping wine.
Each of Freeman’s anecdotes touch on his interaction with family members, friends, employers, and old beaus, with a critique of America serving as the common thread. At times, he holds up a large white sign with a smiley face — representative of what he describes as the façade black men often have to put up in a white-dominated society — drawn in the middle.
Freeman leaves no stone unturned in his assault against American capitalism, the military industrial complex, gentrification, police brutality, and corporate media. Some stories, like one about an argument with a woman who wore weave, drew chuckles. Other stories, like one in which he had to comfort a young woman traumatized by a sexual assault at the hands of a drunk white man brought the room to complete silence. Guests later shook their heads in disbelief as Freeman reminisced about his violent encounters with police officers in Georgetown and Northern Virginia.