You're Not an Animal: Black Men Reclaim Your Dignity

Written by Peggy Butler

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Rebelling against their plight, a few managed to escape, but for every Black male that escaped, there were thousands more to take their place. Defenseless, his dignity gone, and his pride abandoned;repparttar Black man struggled to free himself from his captors.

Staring throughrepparttar 132366 small cubicle he called home, he wondered how he reached this point-in-time. Maybe it began in December 1989 whenrepparttar 132367 conspiracy theory was first broached. Or maybe it began when Black men started judging themselves by White standards; and gave in torepparttar 132368 misconception that they were ďlazy, sex-crazed, drug-addicted thugs prone to violence.Ē But it did begin somewhereóand it ended in imprisonment, andrepparttar 132369 end ofrepparttar 132370 race as we once knew it!

Stop! Brothers, what I have written up until now, was my pessimistic side, expressing my inner most thoughts. Now itís time to walkrepparttar 132371 walk as well as talkrepparttar 132372 talk. I donít know about you, but Iím sick and tired ofrepparttar 132373 media and people in general underestimating African-American men. Similarly, Iíve grown leery of White females averting their eyes and clutching their purses inrepparttar 132374 presence of these men. Moreover, Iím tired ofrepparttar 132375 media explaining in vivid details,repparttar 132376 Black manís demise.

Stop putting all Black men inrepparttar 132377 same category. Only a small percentage are using drugs and committing crimes. The rest are trying to do their absolute best, thus seekingrepparttar 132378 pursuit of happiness just like everyone else. Byrepparttar 132379 way, there are thousands of educated and productive Black men climbingrepparttar 132380 ladder of success. ISNíT THAT PROOF THAT THEY CAN DO MORE THAN SING, DANCE, PLAY SPORTS AND CREATE BABIES? Black men are not asking anyone for anything. All theyíre saying is stop labeling, stop criticizing, stop analyzing. They are not objects to be probed, prodded and petted at will. They are in fact human. See them. Touch them. Feel them. Examine their motives. They are men subject torepparttar 132381 same mistakes and temptations asrepparttar 132382 rest of us high polluting hybrids.

So stop speaking of them as if they were a piece of cheese or a morsel of dust. Stop having programs and panel discussions featuring Black men asrepparttar 132383 main attraction, and stop saying what a contemptible specimen they are; we arenít buying it.

Black men are not animals. They are men. And at this moment they are reclaiming their dignity. Hate it, dismiss it, whatever. The Black manís motto inrepparttar 132384 21st century is ďIím going to keep on flickin until Iím through tickin." Forget that extinct mumbo jumbo. Peace!

A freelance writer since 1989, Butler has written for various magazines and Internet publications including Impact Press,, TimBook Tu, and The Black World Today. Moreover, Butler who lists collecting 60s memorabilia among her hobbies, writes news, features, sports and entertainment articles, as well as commentaries and humor pieces. Currently, she is a contributor for

The Girl Next Door

Written by Steve Eyes

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Withrepparttar girl next door concept onrepparttar 132365 internet, you get to know each other before asking intimate questions. And whenrepparttar 132366 time comes to inviterepparttar 132367 lady into a romantic encounter, she knows who you are and rejection is less likely. Granted, there are jerks onrepparttar 132368 net whose first email may say ďbaby, I want to make love to you all night,Ē but that line seems out of place for a first email. Yet that same line may not seem so out of placerepparttar 132369 first time you meet a lady in a club. Seerepparttar 132370 difference? I doubt if you would say ďbaby, I want to make love to you all nightĒrepparttar 132371 first time you meet your new lady neighbor. Yet in a club, after a few drinks, you will say just that and it is almost expected.

You can see whyrepparttar 132372 girl next door concept works well with online dating. Ladies get to knowrepparttar 132373 guys, rejection is less, and finding love is more likely. I canít imagine a better way to get to knowrepparttar 132374 girl next door then fromrepparttar 132375 comfort of your home and computer. The girl next door is as close as your fingers onrepparttar 132376 keyboard Ė you just got to go out and find her. With so many online dating services, findingrepparttar 132377 girl next door should be as easy as ringing her door bell.

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