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Social justice and human rights
on July 15, 2013
I am a Man – is that a question rather than a statement that we need to pose today, right now? How does a black man get full recognition, acknowledgement, respect, and full protection of the rights and laws in this country if he has to demand to be treated like a man? White men do not need to ask that question, it comes naturally for them.
Estes shows the history that still applies today of the many episodes in our history where black men were and are treated like anything less than a man. People may think that this book beats up and/or shames White America, but it does not. I am Man! is an opportunity to learn the pure hell black men have had to go through in this country in order gain a sense of respect about being a man.
President Obama is called a liar, is that how you treat a man? Oscar Grant III is shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit cop in Oakland in 2010, is that how you treat a man? Trayvon Martin is shot and killed by George Zimmerman as boy before becoming a man, is that how we treat human life in this country?
As Estes points out in closing, we should not as a nation be on a “quixotic quest for manhood, but on the more promising and inclusive struggles for social justice and human rights.”
In today’s America we must be about social justice, human rights and inclusion for all members of our society regardless of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. We cannot prosper as a nation until that is achieved.