Editor’s Note: Dr. Sabia McCoy-Torres is an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Department of Anthropology and Program in Africana Studies.
Dear Dr. Sabia McCoy-Torres,
The active Black soul is heartstruck and divided. We’ve integrated our Blackness into social constructs that progress American power structures. Counter-hegemonies of the strength of the Black male is wrongfully interpreted. The masculinity of the Black male is feared in our society because we’ve created an intersectional identity.
The normativity of my father’s generation included working 60-hour weeks, and he invested his remaining hours and money into my athleticism. This was an optimistic advance into my generation and myself to continue a journey to professional sports.
In retrospect, Black youth, who’ve grown passionate for innovating the arts, have the courage to acknowledge the differences of expression. This form of success has greatly impacted the Black male growing up in a single-mother household, who confronts ideology with aggression, hoping people will resonate with his work. Pressure to avoid distractions, which appear as erotic agency of his pleasure, discourages influences. The Black male is devalued as a hard worker, and he is indirectly shamed for his behavior, disregarding his artistry.
Evil is defined by contradictions questioning the mindset of the Black male whose normativity has transitioned from my father’s generation to acknowledging the dominance of American power structures. The economic system of the black market, created by entrepreneurs profiting from the appeal of common black experiences, has diversified amongst many artists. Therefore realities of the Black male has transitioned into gaining wealth from the duplication of ordinary power structures, using technology to advance the Black market.
America fears our duplication of their power structures because the Black market is uncontrollable. Black businesses fail due to lack of economic support and sustainability. Other Black businesses thrive from offering a supply for necessities in the community. The consistencies of profit often is spread thin. This creates an imbalance in the cumulative equity in the community, leading to murders and robbery.
My generation must evolve the habits of victimizing American power structures after creating economic systems operating in the Black market. We must alter the identity of the Black male. The physical appearance of the Black male must stabilize his mindset. This becomes an exposition of talents into intentions of unity. Togetherness will overturn the power structure of America, allowing the Black male to expand his identity– making technology accessible to all, modernizing education.
Dr. Sabia McCoy-Torres, this is what you’ve taught me thus far.