By Riche Richardson

This pathbreaking research of sector, race, and gender unearths how we underestimate the South's effect at the formation of black masculinity on the nationwide point. Many damaging stereotypes of black men—often contradictory ones—have emerged from the continuing historic traumas initiated by means of slavery. Are black males emasculated and submissive or hypersexed and violent? Nostalgic representations of black males have arisen besides: consider the philosophical, hardworking sharecropper or the abiding, upright preacher. To complicate concerns, says wealthyé Richardson, blacks themselves applicable those photos for reasons by no means meant by way of their (mostly) white progenitors.

Starting with such recognized caricatures because the Uncle Tom and the black rapist, Richardson investigates various pathologies of black masculinity that derive ideological strength from their institutions with the South. army coverage, black-liberation discourse, and modern rap, she argues, are only many of the tools during which egregious pathologies of black masculinity in southern historical past were sustained. Richardson's resources are eclectic and provocative, together with Ralph Ellison's fiction, Charles Fuller's performs, Spike Lee's motion pictures, Huey Newton's and Malcolm X's political rhetoric, the O. J. Simpson discourse, and the song construction of grasp P, the money cash Millionaires, and different soiled South rappers.

Filled with new insights into the region's function in generating hierarchies of race and gender in and past their African American contexts, this new examine issues the way in which towards extra epistemological frameworks for southern literature, southern reports, and gender studies.

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