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Why He Hates You! : How Unreconciled Maternal Anger is Destroying Black Men and Boys by [Morton, Janks]
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About the Author

JANKS MORTON is a groundbreaking international and award winning Documentarian. As founder of iYAGO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, he states "the company came into existence to reflect both the conscious and the unconscious soul of Black America. JANKS MORTON has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and is a much sought-after teacher, lecturer, commentator and motivational speaker. He has convened workshops, seminars and served as panelist and keynote speaker at colleges, universities, prisons, conferences, churches and community centers around the world. In delivering his first feature length documentary, "WHAT BLACK MEN THINK", JANKS MORTON took on the role as producer, director, cameraman, lighting, editing, mixing, entrepreneur, graphic artist, actor, auteur and more. The call to action through one simple question "Are there more black men in jail or college?" challenges not only Black Americans, but every American, to rethink their perceptions about Black Male Identity. Because of the extensive and pervasive amounts of misinformation around Black Men in popular culture, the statistically supported revelations of WHAT BLACK MEN THINK have been critically acclaimed by BET, CNN, C-SPAN, ESSENCE MAGAZINE, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE LA TIMES, RUSS PARR, MICHAEL BAISDEN and numerous of other media outlets. He states "That I would have to make a film, just to prove that black men are not in the dire state that some would have you believe, demonstrates the confusion that exists in America today." JANKS' next installment titled "MEN TO BOYS: 101 THINGS EVERY BOY OF COLOR SHOULD KNOW" is scheduled for release in February 2009 during Black History Month. In the same provocative and enticing premise, the film asks another simple, yet socially and psychologically complex question. "Can A Mother teach her son to become a man?" In an attempt to restore the time honored tradition of father to son communications and life building skills, "MEN TO BOYS" is JANKS attempt to provide an additional resource for young men to ascend to manhood. Based upon the book "101 THINGS EVERY BOY OF COLOR SHOULD KNOW" by LAMARR DARNELL SHIELDS, this project is sure to spark the same national debate as seen through JANKS' other productions.

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  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: iYAGO Entertainment Group; Second edition (November 12, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WTCIIY
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As I read through this book I couldn't help but reflect on my own life. The author's tales "domestic terrorism" in the most literal sense were very similar to the lives of me, my male relatives, and even friends that I hadn't met until I was an adult. The black community is much less likely to be critical of mothers than others which has the effect of creating a sanctuary for "predatory victims". In sociology there exists a theory called the "sexy son theorem". It basically states that a woman is better off raising her son to be attractive to females than making her daughters more attractive to males. The reason is that a son can give her more grandchildren in one good weekend than a daughter could in her whole lifetime. This is the most efficient way to spread your genes. Many black mothers will go against this natural order and do everything possible to promote their daughters.

The few who promote their sons often do so because 1) they only have sons (who they raise like girls anyway), and 2) they aim to turn their sons into the kind of men they've always idolized. Many of the mothers who take the second path will try to make a Frankenstein-like amalgamation of the perfect man based on the faults of men that they've previously dated. These often conflicting traits look good at first glance (that's all the mother wanted, something to show her friends) but often result in the kind of man that the mother herself would never have actually dated. Should a woman actually show interest in the son the mother will often try to run her off. This type of woman often sees her sons as cattle to be slaughtered by whichever woman pays her the most tribute, or donated to her community of like-minded women similar to how a rich alumnus might give back to their alma mater. I've had many conversations in black male only groups about this subject but have never seen anything like this public before. I really hope that this book goes mainstream.
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The title speaks volumes. The author doesn't beat you across the head with it, he simply does a good job of helping you understand the role that you may play in contributing to and creating this dynamic between Black Men/boys, and women/girls. It's a great read, not too technical, or wordy, clear, concise, and to the point. The hope is that after reading the book, you'll know better, and one can only pray that if you know better, you'll do better.
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A friend passed me a copy of this book some time ago and while I do find certain passages interesting ultimately I concluded this is just another way of passing the buck.

Black men and their younger counterparts will do and try anything to dodge responsibility for their lives, pain, and anger. This is the latest attempt at buck passing.

First, it was the white man. He was the reason black men couldn't get ahead in the world. He was the reason they were dropping out of high school in droves, dropping babies with every woman they came in contact with, cracked out their communities (which are often violent slums and ghettos) and abused black women/girls.

The white man and his oppression were to blame for the mental illness affecting black men and boys. There was a conspiracy to destroy black boys. His oppression (which somehow or the other completely eroded black men/boys of all responsibility for their evil actions let the NAACP or some other black male identified organization tell it) was responsible for the anger and crippled mentality of black men/boys.

Two people shot all of the above to hell: Bill Cosby (love that man) and Barack Obama. Both said or showed there are no more excuses for mediocre behavior, misdirected anger, self-pity, etc. Some black men and boys got the memo...some, like this author, ignored it.

Now according to this author it's the fault of single black mothers who find themselves doing a job that WASN'T MADE FOR ONE PERSON. They are the reason we have so many misogynist black boys and men walking around. I don't buy it.

At some point we ALL must take control and responsibility for our lives.
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This was such a powerful view int the mind of a young man struggling with the pain that his mother never even realized she was carrying, and how she was passing that pain along to her sons without knowing it.

As a mother, I don't want to be the typhoid Mary of guilt, shame, pain, and rejection. I want to uplift and love Black men and boys so that they can be nourished for their everyday struggles.

Great also for making sure that you don't pass the pain and anger on to your daughters.
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This was a well written book which helped me as a female to understand some of my internal pain and behaviors....Love it, a must read!!!!
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Very refreshing to see someone touch this tumultuous subject, especially a BLACK MAN, with firsthand experience in this travesty, just like myself. Janks' candid writing style made this book a fun read that I couldn't put down. (Thank you for the disclaimer at the beginning, warning us to grab a dictionary, because some words were a bit unfamiliar.) Halfway thru the book I began to recommend it to others. It is definitely a MUST read for everyone, especially us Afro-Americans so we can begin to correct our current state of being. A disenfranchisement faced by us for many years. And it all starts at home so, read this book with your family, along with your bible, and you will see the change. Thank God, thank Janks!

-Ralow
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