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Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America Paperback – Bargain Price, January 2, 2006
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Yet, America likes to believe that we have moved beyond this and 'Willie Horton'. In our schools, mass media, and pop culture, we desperately want to believe that people are being treated fairly. This and the black community's historic memory of 'savagery/respectabilty' portrayals are not helping the intended audiences.
Keith Boykin clarifies that America is still hung up on the intersection of sex, sexuality, and ethnicity. He also argues the hang-up prevents black men and communities from having a needed dialogue about sexuality and civil rights. Black people who find themselves outside the heterosexual binary are being attacked by the dominant society, but also face resistance from within their own communities. Some black churches who easily grasp (and were in the forefront for) racial equality are silent on sexuality, or worse---promote hatred.
Boykin also takes on the recent inroads which white conservatives are making to black churches to downplay their past support for segregation. Because these same people have attacked and/or are attacking civil rights, Boykin is skeptical of their motives. He believes that the white conservatives are only trying to divide black communities and thus prevent real equality for all communities from being realized. Boykin argues that Black churches should not support movements which argue on behalf of discrimination.Read more ›
Using history, politics, and everyday people, Keith inspires us as a culture to look within ourselves enough to open up about HIV/AIDS and the down low. He asks us consider the plight of black gay and bisexual men and how society has groomed the very down low behavior it now condemns.
This book is truly inspirational, and after you finish reading it, you will have grown.
"The AIDS community of funders, researches, activists...had a problem...some activists [in the early 90's] decided to market the epidemic for Middle America... 'There was definitely an effort to make AIDS more compelling to the Black community' [Phil Wilson] recalled, 'and that process entailed a de-gaying of the epidemic'..."
BEYOND THE DOWN LOW
From Chapter Five
"When a Disease Becomes an Excuse"
"Governor McGreeley [of New Jersey]'s wife must have been going through a full range of emotions the day she stood next to her husband at his press conference...McGreeley also admitted to 'an adult consensual affair with another man' which he said 'violates my bonds of matrimony'. That was the real bombshell...dropped that day...By announcing his affair with another man, Governor McGreeley...proved that the down low is not just a black thing...We should have known that black men were not the only ones who cheated on their wives. Or had we bought into the myth of black male identity that constructs black manhood solely as pathology?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interestingly detailed book by a knowledgeable author; it could have been edited one more time to remove repetitive concepts, but a good read. Perhaps a sequel is in order.Published 4 months ago by Kel Kel
Have not finished reading all of it, but the first 3/4 is quite informative.Published 9 months ago by Ken
This book was ok, but I found it a little disappointing. It was not as well written as the Down low, but it was ok.Published on May 28, 2014 by Betty Crews
I did not like it at all it was not what it advertised. it was for people who do not have a clue to this lifestyle, or for those who want to learn about this life style. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Boykin confuses having affairs with being on the down-low. There's a specific, succinct definition for living on the "down-low. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by investigative reader
A very well written expose of how hyperbole and hype have once again consumed the collective consciousness of America. Boykin presents an antidote to the musings of J.L. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by Demian
This book is a page turner... the author masterfully broke down every angle of this term "Down Low" to show the mischaracterizations of this "DL" term which has... Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Alan Williams
I'm so glad that I'm finally getting around to reviewing this book "Beyond the Down Low" I am disappointed with myself that I did not pick up the book sooner. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Percy E. Holmes