The above link is an article that showed up on my newsfeed a few weeks ago. It highlights something that myself and I’m sure many other black women have talk about, felt, heard about, and discussed, which is the lack of awareness of the male privilege that black men enjoy. The machismo among the black men that I have been around is all-consuming and in most venues, accepted. It affects every part of the black men I know’s lives from dating to academics to sports- its evident. The article above notes that though black men undoubtedly face structural barriers, it should not be lost on them that they too possess privilege that they can either ignore or use to help black women who do not enjoy the same advantages. Even at Amherst, it is clear (to me at least) that black women struggle to fit into the dominant culture more than black men. I tried to pick just one line to quote, but I think the whole article says what I (having an older brother and being in the presence of black men often) have wanted to say for a long time. And perhaps the men on that bus should read it as well.
I’d love to hear thoughts on this!