Michael Brown and the need for a genre study of black male death and dying

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A Conclusion Gesturing Towards a Genre Study of Black Male Death and Dying In "No Humans Involved," Sylvia Wynter urges the reader to consider the relationship between the paradigms of dehumanization that resulted in the genocide of Armenians by Turkish pan-nationalists, the holocaust inflicted upon Jews by the Germans, and the language used to describe Black men as a species deserving death. Because Black men are thought to be "not human," there is a tendency to embrace their sociological condition as their essential characteristics. Because this racist societal architecture is de-emphasized, academic discourse(s) of race-class-gender-presupposing the infinite power of all male bodies-prefigures a conceptual calculus dedicated to eradicating the vulnerability of Black men because they are men. Michigan Journal of Race and Law 6.2 (2010):285-318 where he argues that intersectionality does not pay attention to the role that Black heterosexual male stereotypes have historically be linked to violence, he says: "Lynching, for example, was frequently 'justified' through a racist, sexualized rhetoric that constructed black males as heterosexual threats to white women. [...]heterosexual status, typically a privileged category, has served as a source of racial subjugation (312). See James B. Stewart and Joseph W. Scott, "The Institutional Decimation of Black American Males," Western Journal of Black Studies (1978):82-92 for the relationship between Black male incarceration and societal viability.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTheory and Event
Issue number3
Early online date31 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Wilson, Darren
  • Wynter, Sylvia
  • Brown, Michael


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