He never mattered: Poor black males and the dark logic of intersectional invisibility

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This chapter argues that Black Lives Matter (BLM) has engaged in an exploitative political strategy that has capitalized on selling Black male suffering to white liberals. This strategy has deliberately marginalized Black males suffering from greater police killings, as well as ignored the various forms of sexual violence and rape experienced by Black men and boys in their encounters with police. Despite the disproportionate rate of police killings affecting Black men and boys, intersectionality scholars and BLM activists ignore the specific and targeting of Black males in the United States as a primary intellectual and political concern. This chapter concludes that intersectional invisibility’s reliance on recognition fails to account for Black male sexual victimization and the lethal targeting of Black males within America.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Movement for Black Lives
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophical Perspectives
EditorsMichael Cholbi, Brandon Hogan, Alex Madva, Benjamin S. Yost
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780197507773, 9780197507780
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Black Male Studies
  • intersectional invisibility
  • Black men
  • Black boys
  • Black Lives Matter
  • rape of Blacks


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