Black Men

Black men and boys face myriad societal challenges that affect their mental health, including racial bias, police brutality, health disparities, and generational trauma. How does this affect them? They have to be the strongest, and they aren’t allowed to be vulnerable. If I’m to be in a relationship with a Black man, how is that going to work if he’ll never show me his vulnerability? Where’s the balance there? Black men are suffering. Look at how the world treats them. And then Covid hit, and we had to find the power to switch the narrative. Look at how many people—Black people, people of color—we were able to help during this pandemic. What I learned about men is that men need to be nurtured and singled out, because they often just don’t feel heard.

Positively Purging-I welcome your feedbacks in the comments and your likes and passing the real life wisdom on to others as I embark on this new venture of “positively purging”, as I know each of these pieces represents something

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6 Responses to Black Men

  1. I don’t doubt that this is true of many. I have a gentle, laid-back, son-in-law of Jamaican parentage who is himself a wonderful father to two of my granddaughters. Returning from a trip to Australia with him, my daughter, and baby granddaughter in January 2008, he was the one challenged at every point – not me, even though we were together. The customs official, herself a black woman, wanted to know whose the baby was, as the parents went up to the desk together.

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    • msw blog says:

      Oh, Derrick, I do not doubt your son in-law experience one bit, as my partner is also a black man, and his daily interactions are often different from mines and his peers. I have learned the best thing I can offer is to make our home a safe space…

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  2. So sad. When will society grow up?

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    • msw blog says:

      I think the bigger questions is when will society stop judging individuals by their skin tone, and other physical traits…

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      • But maybe that is growing up, in how we judge people. I’ve been personally involved with it in how my neighbor treated my grandson when he was small. And how this neighbor and others reacted to my landscaper of color thinking he was scoping out my house. The hurt I felt was real, and it made me mad. But I finally realized that they had stopped growing on their journey and could go no farther at this point in their lives. So, grow we must if we’re ever to get out of this horrible cycle.

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      • msw blog says:

        “So, grow we must if we’re ever to get out of this horrible cycle.” So much truth in that sentence. Thank you for sharing…

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