An Incisive Look Into Masculinity And The Societal Definition Of Afrikan
Amos Wilson examines Issues of Manhood in its complexity, just the mention of manhood conjures up debate. Manhood in definition seems to be ever-changing, under challenge and charge. In view of behaviour often confusing, violent, sometimes immature, and invariably nonproductive, frequently to the detriment of the black community, manhood stokes discussion and search for an alternative, even status quo overthrow.
Amos puts the much debated question under further scrutiny, "what is a man", "be a man", man as leader, provider and producer, is encased in a political, economic, social and geopolitical framework largely in the manufacture and control of a dominating power oft-times white, racist, ruthless, American, where ambition and opportunities to succeed are curtailed, few, education poor or inappropriate, history and psychohistory deemed irrelevant, violence and aggression without respite, where city, state and national governmental regimes care little to alleviate these conditions except line the coffers of wealthy friends and class allies as entitlement.
Although delivered over 25 years ago, in view of right wing racist ascent to governmental office nationwide, his accuracy seems spot-on prophetic. This text we partner with Understanding Black Adolescent Male Violence where Wilson again shows in detail how American society creates and sustains Black adolescent criminality in its inner-cities across the United States.
He boldly asserts that Black-on-Black youth violence is rooted in historical and contemporary White-on-Black violence. Wilson advances a continental African paradigm worthy of discussion and applicability to Diasporan males, one that dovetails with female understanding of black males, her mate selection, childrearing and steadfast in forging family and community vital to tribe and nation.
Review - " I think Amos Wilson is misrepresented. While he was a trained Psychologist, he is one of the most profound Existentialist thinkers I have ever read. Where he belongs is with Franz Fanon! His work on consciousness and the orientation of one person to another is nothing short of brilliant.
Defining manhood is of the upmost importance in Afrikan societies and because many of us in Amerikkka dont receive this training its imperative we read this book".
Published 1st December 2016.