And They Say Only Black Women are Bitter? Why Bitter Black Men Need To Have a Seat…Several
Attention bitter black men:
Please have a seat somewhere, preferably, *in my DMX voice* in the cut, where the woods at.
The black community.
Yeah, I’m going to get right to it because I’m really short on time. No, I don’t have any place to be in particular, but I really don’t have the time anymore to deal with the bad attitudes and vibes of the dudes online. Yeah, I said it. Some of y’all menfolk really have some messed up attitudes. And while I in no way consider myself an expert on the emotional issues related to the XY chromosome, I have become the reluctant recipient of the mental assault unleashed by these unhappy individuals.
Let me take it back a bit to share with you all where exactly my angst comes from. Over the past, I say year or so, my Facebook news feed has been flooded with sexist and derogatory images about women, particularly black women. It all started with the animated videos of the men discussing what’s wrong with professional black women. And then it blossomed to almost weekly b***hery via comic strips, status updates and external links about everything these men perceive to be wrong with black women.
One widely circulated comic strip, which was made famous by its inclusion on Kevin Hart’s fan page, is of a guy being rejected by a group of women in high school for being a nerd and years later seeking his revenge on these same women by being a successful man, who is now out of their league. The caption to this particular strip said “A Strong Black Woman Doesn’t Mean You have an Attitude.” I don’t know what being a strong woman has to do with not liking nerds in high school but the message seemed to resonate with many men because it showed up on the pages of half of my friend’s list.
And then recently, like last week, I saw another anti-black woman comic strip being passed around, this time comparing black women in the ’70s with the modern black woman. In the picture, an afro-wearing woman is bestowed with values of her love of God, knowing how to cook and clean and being submissive to her man, all of which are suppose to be good. Whereas, the picture of the woman from 2009, who ironically rocks a blonde weave, doesn’t cook or clean, is shallow, strong and independent. Of course, these virtues are considered bad. The caption is the kicker for me: “Freedom from Mental Slavery.”
Wait, what? Talk about romanticizing a history that never was. Obviously they never heard of Elaine Brown or Angela Davis, two women with big Afros who would never include submission and dependency into their vocabulary. The whole thing is reminiscent of the episode of “Married with Children” when Al Bundy, pissed that some women were encroaching on his bowling night, created the “National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Master hood” or NO MA’AM. Yet this is no sitcom and the bitter black men are for real and everywhere.