In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,
“When I first re-read the book in preparation for writing this, my immediate gut response was to destroy the book so that no one would ever read it again.” — Michelle Wallace, author of “Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman”
In 1978, Europeans made twenty-four-year-old Michelle Wallace into a media sensation. In 1990 Michelle Wallace made the above announcement: her claim to fame “Black Macho” should be destroyed. How pathetic is this book? Michelle Wallace herself admits that her sources were “intrinsically given to lapses into ‘fiction’” and that at the time of writing her book she didn’t know there “are many black men who love black women, and vise versa.” In the actual text she claims “[The Black movement] was just a lot of black men strutting around with afros;” that we are “no longer African. [Our] blood is mixed;” she references the writings of Norman Mailer (a European) and Edridge Cleaver (an admitted serial rapist) as authoritative to Africans; and compares her experience with eczema to African Womanhood–the skin disease eczema.
Michelle Wallace did not create the Gender War nor African Feminism nor the idea that African Men oppress African Women or vise versa; but its hard to say that she did not stir the pot. Today there are worse feminists: beyondblackandwhite, a site devoted to African women forsaking African men for Neanderthal-Humans; kolaboof, the personal blog of an African Woman who curses Africans, especially men, and married a Neanderthal-Type; blackpowerisforblackmen, perhaps Wallace’s most direct descendant, a refuge for erroneous thoughts regarding Black men oppressing Black women (a derivative of #blackpowerisforblackmen), kwk. To be sure, “masculinists,” or anti-feminists, have their own flaws: Tommy Sotomayor, a bonefied misogynist reportedly involved with a Neanderthal-type; #stopblackgirls2013, a refuge of images targeting youth culture to degrade and humiliate African Women; mainstream Hip-Hop which spent the last two decades with a dearth of respect for womankind, kwk.
The ABS does not endorse any of the above. We already published the article on “African Masculinity and Femininity” and recognize Matriarchy as the natural order for Africans (see The Two Cradle Theory.) Michelle Wallace’s book is not as bad as its descendants (pro- and anti-feminist). It’s merely naive, short-sighted, unread and ignorant (it’s descendants are this and then some.) The following review will comment on excerpts from her horrible book. Each comment will have a proverb from the walls of Wa’Set. Hopefully the comments can inspire readers to fight the Neanderthal Races not our Siblings.
Book Review: “Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman”
By Onitaset Kumat
How I saw it then, How I see it now
It is impossible for me to look back at this book without the conviction that the significance of black women as a distinct category is routinely erased by the way in which the Women’s Movement and the Black Movement choose to set their goals and recollect their histories. (xvii)
“A phenomenon always arises from the interaction of complementary. If you want something look for the complement that will elicit it. Set causes Horus. Horus redeems Set.” In one lecture, Naim Akbar communicated how African Womanhood is not a distinct concept to African Manhood in traditional African Culture. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta_5BySRjqk. That Michelle Wallace wanted a distinction goes to show that her mindset is grounded in European Competition and Dichotomy rather than African Cooperation and Complementarity.
I used history, literature, sociology, autobiography and journalism to support my arguments, although I didn’t then recognize that none of them offers a transparent window on the world, but rather that they are all discursive modes, and as such intrinsically given to lapses into “fiction.” (xx)
“Knowledge is consciousness of reality. Reality is the sum of the laws that govern nature and of the causes from which they flow.” To base Knowledge off of Fiction is to see Knowledge in Ignorance: the definition of a Fool.
But my arguments were completely rooted in readings of literature, popular culture and the media. (xxii)
Same as above. Notice that these resources are mostly European.
Also, there are many black men who love black women, and vise versa, although I didn’t know it at the time I wrote Black Macho. (xxiv)
“An answer is profitable in proportion to the intensity of the quest.” To write a book on men and women ignorant of African Love is bound to be hateful. How poignant can a person be if she is not astute enough to witness some of the most potent phenomena in her field? Continue reading