I cannot tell you how tired I am of seeing videos, memes and pictures of black men dressed as or imitating black women. I don’t want to see another brother giving a makeup tutorial; I don’t care how good he contours. And I don’t want to see another black man carrying a purse or twerking with 4 bundles of 24″ brazilian hair draping down his back. It aint cute. But it is embarrassing and it hurts. You won’t catch me liking, sharing or even commenting on anything that displays black men imitating black women. I’m not about that life. You will however catch me encouraging a brother when in need, or speaking words of appreciation whenever possible. There is an undeniable lack of positive black male role models in the media and this trend needs to stop.
What I’m NOT here for is another video of a black man in a wig, rocking leggings out of comedy or even seriousness. It’s not funny. I refuse to accept that this is what our generation has to offer the generations behind us. I’m not amused by the Vine, and I’m not thrilled by the Gram. Black men have so much more to offer the world than themselves as jokes wrapped in women’s garb. It hurts even more to see women acknowledge and sometimes even applaud this behavior. This is perverted exploitation, being praised and promoted by our own community. Brothers are out here selling their masculinity for temporary internet celebrity with no shame. So many people are being warped in or sucked up by the promise or desire of “Likes” and they don’t realize what’s being bartered. The line is being pushed further and further, and pretty soon there will be no line and nothing will be off limits. There will be no sanctity or reverence for our culture at all.
This growing trend is propaganda at its best and we are the culprits. Right now America is its most transparent. It’s all eyes on the black man and we need to recognize that they are not laughing with us, they are laughing at us, and in some ways we as a people are carrying out our own castration.
We need to guard how black men are portrayed and understand that we are in this together. This buffoonery is impacting our community and not positively. It’s doing absolutely nothing to advance us as a people and we need to combat this epidemic with positive black male images. Black men are revered and admired because of their masculinity and strength. Why emasculate them? Don’t diminish your worth black men. Not for the Vine, The Gram or anything else. You’re losing much more than what could ever be gained.
Let’s counter this trend of promoting black men in a degrading light by never sharing, promoting, liking or even commenting on any form of social media that does not shine a positive light on our men. Instead hashtag #positiveblackmalerolemodels or share a picture of a positive black male role model in your life and if you don’t know one go find one they’re out there and social media needs to know it.