DEAN ARRINDELL

Worked in TV news. Now, a stay-at-home dad writing about American manhood, politics, and race.. and a bit of Britain, too.

I share concern for the emasculation of black men in our country today. But I don’t see it happening in instances of creative men stepping outside of the box and expressing themselves through fashion—to me, those are defiant acts of freedom. Instead, I see emasculation through the outlandish prison rates of black men in America or oppressive policies like stop-and-frisk that target young black men and turn them into statistics.

From “Black Man in a Dress” by Wilbert Cooper in VICE.

I share concern for the emasculation of black men in our country today. But I don’t see it happening in instances of creative men stepping outside of the box and expressing themselves through fashion—to me, those are defiant acts of freedom. Instead, I see emasculation through the outlandish prison rates of black men in America or oppressive policies like stop-and-frisk that target young black men and turn them into statistics.

From “Black Man in a Dress” by Wilbert Cooper in VICE.

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