Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal accuses Dr Boyce Watkins of gender bias in his article about black men

Published On May 28, 2014 | By Big BOSS | News, Strictly for the brothers, The Barbershop, Uncategorized

Here is an open letter written on the New Black Man blog about a recent essay by Dr. Boyce Watkins, warning black men about the consequences of sexual irresponsibility.  We’re publishing part of the essay with a link to the original, so that people can see both sides of the debate and come to their own conclusions.  Mark has decided not to share both perspectives on his blog, but our philosophy is one that promotes the free-exchange of ideas and not the attempt to promote any form of propaganda by not giving as many perspectives as we can.

Here is the open letter, with a video below from Dr. Watkins explaining his purpose in the article.  Don’t be afraid to form your own opinion and always make sure you get all the information before coming to judgement on almost anything.  The open letter is below:


Dear Boyce:

We come at you as Brothers who appreciate your ability to build a recognizable brand and become a voice of importance for many in our communities, but with such visibility and influence comes great responsibility.  It is in the spirit of this latter point that we absolutely must challenge the logic and validity of your recent essay “How Sleeping with the Wrong Woman Might Turn You Into a Rapist.”  At best, your essay is irresponsible, callous and willfully thoughtless; at worst, it is hateful, misogynistic and deeply troubling coming from one who claims to love and represent the interests of our people.

There is not an index of sexual violence and rape in this country that suggest that the rates of such offenses could ever be equated with the number of false accusations.  Indeed the numbers tend to pivot the other way as cases of rape and sexual violence, especially in our own communities, are underreported, often out of the need and desire for many of the victims to protect their Black males assailants.  In other words, very often the Black women victims of rape and sexual violence are more willing to offer protection to their attackers, than you were willing to offer protection to those same Black women in your article.  Many of these issues are directly addressed by Aishah Shahidah Simmons in her important film No!: The Rape Documentary.

READ MORE via Brothers Writing To Live: An Open Letter to Boyce Watkins | NewBlackMan (in Exile).

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