The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood

Thursday October 26, 7:30PM

@ Red Emma's

America makes corpses of young Black males. We gaze upon these corpses outraged by yet another death, but when Black men suffer- when they are dying- do we hear their voices or demand their silence? When Black men are sodomized by police, or raped by men and women in their own communities as young boys, do we refuse them an audience for their pain?

Far too often, Black men are denied sexual vulnerability because they are thought to be men, patriarchs, perpetrators of violence- not victims. Dr. Curry will discuss why academics and activists alike have great difficulty in imagining Black males as victims of racist and sexual violence in America, and how this neglect shows the need for a Black Male Studies.


Tommy J. Curry is a Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University, where he holds the prestigious Ray A. Rothrock Fellowship (2013–2016). He serves as Executive Director of Philosophy Born of Struggle and is the recipient of the USC Shoah Foundation 2016–2017 A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation Teaching Fellowship. He is the author of The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris: Selected Readings from The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization.




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