When Black men flex, society gets scared

WALTER FIELDS | 2/3/2014, 6:39 a.m. | Updated on 2/3/2014, 6:39 a.m.

Black men who flex have always upset the nation’s equilibrium. It was the defiance of Robeson, King, Malcolm, Huey, Elijah and Stokely that frightened America; more so than their claims against the nation. It is one thing to be great, it is quite another to know it and to not be diminished in your greatness by the insecurities of others. Black boys are demoralized in school buildings and scarce in the classroom. Black boys are emboldened by criminality and disproportionately behind prison bars. The same boldness that is evident among Black boys in prisons is crushed when they are in the classroom. Society takes great pleasure in emasculating Black males. I have seen it in the way Black men in executive positions in corporations and not-for-profit organizations cower and meekly subscribe to actions that further marginalize the masses. Many Black men have accepted their role to be barely seen and not heard.

Sherman in one glorious unrehearsed moment of defiance exhaled for many of us. What a different nation we would be if more Black men felt free enough to claim their greatness; free enough to speak their mind; and bold enough to care less what others thought. I’ll take Sherman on my team any day.

Walter Fields is executive editor of NorthStarNews.com.