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Increasingly patriarchy is offered as the solution to the crisis black people face Black women face a culture where practically everyone wants us to stay in our place Progressive non-black folks many of them white often do not challenge black male support of patriarchy even though they would oppose sexism in other groups of men In diverse black communities and particularly in poor communities feminism is regarded with suspicion and contempt Most folks continue to articulate a vision of racial uplift that prioritizes the needs of males and valorizes conventional notions of gender roles As a consequence black males and females who critique sexism and seek to eradicate patriarchy in black life receive little support Despite all the flaws and proven failures of patriarchal logic many black people continue to grasp hold of the model of a benevolent patriarchy healing our wounds Increasingly patriarchy is offered as the solution to the collective crisis that black people face in their private and public lives Despite feminist critiques of patriarchal narratives of race that suggest black men suffer the most vicious assaults of white supremacy and racism because they are not empowered to be real men ie patriarchal providers and protectors most black people along with the rest of the culture continue to believe that a solid patriarchal family will heal the wounds inflicted by race and class Frankly many people cling to this myth because it is easier for mainstream society to support the idea of benevolent black male domination in family life than to support the cultural revolutions that would ensure an end to race gender and class exploitation Many black people understand that the patriarchal two-parent black family often fares better than matriarchal single-parent households headed by women Consequently it is not surprising that at moments of grave crisis attempting to create a cultural climate that will promote and sustain patriarchal black families seems a more realistic strategy for solving the problems Of
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