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The Failure of Black Men to Protect Black Women

The Failure of Black Men to Protect Black Women

The Failure of Black Men to Protect Black Women


The Failure of Black Men to Protect Black Women

One of the things that I love about being an equal-opportunity accountability specialist (I just made that up) is that I have addressed virtually every sub-group in the African American collective, so I have no reason to become concerned with how one group will feel when I call them to the mat. This is most certainly the case when it comes to black men, because I am one, so, when I address black men, I begin with myself.

The Failure of Black Men to Protect Black Women

Those of you who know me understand that I devote a great deal of my time to research for the purpose of gaining a more lucid and operational perspicacity of the current enigmatic dilemma that we have found ourselves in. I am currently in the second phase of a four-phase, five-year research project that is focused on the influence of cognitive dysfunctionality on social mobility, prosocial behavior and mental health of African Americans, and the more I dig, the more amazed I become at the complex nature of our dilemma. It is a dilemma that has exogenous and endogenous influences, and while the elements and components are immensely complex, we have everything we need to overcome each and every one of them within our grasp.

It is my goal to be at the forefront of the effort to develop and implement strategies that will help us dismantle the nefarious mechanisms of white supremacy racism, as well as confront the enemies within, such as the destruction of the family nucleus, disunity, animosity between the black man and the black woman and more. There is an African proverb that says:

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy on the outside can do you no harm.”

Anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that one of my passions is the restoration of the black family nucleus, and in order for the family to be restored, the black man has to reclaim is role as leader, provider, protector and covering. So, let’s talk about what that looks like for a brief moment.

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This article is not meant to be a comprehensive examination of the current state of black men in America, that will come in due time. This article is simply a clarion that is being sounded with hopes of awakening the lion within the black man, because currently, the black man slumbers in a catatonic state in which he has become completely consumed with himself. The level of narcissism at which the average black man exists is exceptionally ludicrous. When I examine the performance of the black man, I examine him in the light of his design. You see, design is indicative of purpose. You can discover the purpose of a thing by pondering its design.

When I examine the design of the black man, I see that he is exceptionally strong from a physical perspective, indicating that is equipped to perform extreme physical activities. After an examination of the historical role of the black man, I come to find that he once used that physical strength to hunt and provide for his family, which included his woman (wife), his progeny and even the aging parents of both, his wife and himself. Historically, the black man has also used his strength to provide protection for his family, being a physical and spiritual covering for his wife. He was willing to lay down his life to ensure the safety of those underneath his covering, especially his wife.

The intricate and exceptional design of the black man is not limited to his physical prowess, he is intellectually and spiritually equipped with the gift of projective and lateral thought; in other words, his mind is capable of conceiving a long term vision, and his ability to think outside of the box provides him with an innovative and creative capacity to create that which does not yet exist. So, the man is a provider, a protector, a visionary, a leader, a creator and more, but unfortunately his relatively brief sojourn in the U.S. has challenged his resolve and focus to fulfill his destiny as the collective progenitor of his race. He has forgotten his greatness, his character and his purpose. He has abandoned the covenant relationship with his woman.

The black man now suffers from a fragmented identity, he has experienced an extrication from the holistic nature of his existence, so he finds himself overconsumed with one particular element as a result of his fragmentation — expressing the manifestation of a massive identity crisis. Some black men are completely consumed by pornographic preoccupation, meaning that all they think about is sexual conquests. They measure their manhood by how many women they can bed down. They have absolutely no affinity to the responsibility to protect the women they are conquering.

Then, there is the black man who has bought into the pseudo-value of materialism, so he spends all of his time acquiring things that actually have no value. All he does is buy and brag. Then there is the hyper-violent black man, who expresses the frustration he feels as a result of his emasculation through perpetuating violence, most often against his own.

What the black man, in his fragmented identity, has lost is his sense of responsibility, and this responsibility is first filial in nature, with the need to protect the black woman at the forefront. I have said this many times before, and I will once again express this truth here. There is no woman on the face of the earth who has been unprotected at the level of the black woman. There is no woman who has been the victim of incest at the level of the black woman. There is no woman who has been molested and raped at the level of the black woman. There is no woman who has been forced to raise the progeny of a man who found it to be an acceptable course of action to procreate with her and then abandon his progeny for her to raise. Long before I said it, Malcolm X spoke on it, and things have gotten much worse since his diatribe on the matter.

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Conservative numbers suggest that at least 60 percent of black females experience some form of abuse before the age of 18, and that is absolutely unacceptable. The most difficult fact associated with this truth is the fact that far too often, the person who should have been her protector, her father, was the person abusing her. Blacks account for a disproportionate number of partner homicides. One in three African American women are victims of intimate partner violence. This is unacceptable.

Far too often, I see our women on the front line fighting for causes that our men should be leading. Far too often, black men are too comfortable with non-black men disrespecting our women. This is absolutely unacceptable. It needs to be made perfectly clear that disrespecting or harming our women and children will be dealt with is the most decisive of ways.

I am calling the black man to awaken from his slumber. Yes, there was a time when you were sold away from your family. Yes, there was a time in which you would be lynched and castrated for speaking up for your woman. Yes, there was a time that you were not allowed to bond with your progeny for fear that you would rise to fight for their freedom. All of those impediments are no longer an issue. Yes, you are facing an extremely difficult struggle to rise up, but you are built for it. So, step up and meet your moment. Step up and attack the path to your destiny. Stand up and make your presence felt.

To My Black Sisters, Mothers and Daughters

There is no denying that you have been through a great deal of suffering over the last four centuries. You are battling generational trauma, matriarchal bitterness and perpetual disappointment. You have been forced to deal with the terror of child molestation and incest. You have been forced to raise children on your own, with meager means. You have had to deal with the heartache associated with the abandonment caused by a man who said he loved you, while stepping on your heart, so, on behalf of every black man who has caused you harm, I personally apologize. I apologize in proxy because you may never get that apology you are looking for, but you are going to have to move forward. Your past can no longer be an excuse for your current failures.

For too long, you have carried the bitterness and hurt that did not belong to you. Your mother’s pain is her pain. Your grandmother’s bitterness and brokenness is not yours to mend, and even your brokenness is overdue for healing. Your perpetual state of pain and brokenness has led you on a path of destruction where you have destroyed multitudinous opportunities for happiness because you are hell-bent on making the current man pay for the transgressions of someone in your past. I know that you are hurting, but it has to stop here, it is time to heal. If you need help, then seek professional help. If you don’t know how, contact this organization at info@theodysseyproject21.com to learn what you need to do.

I am committed to seeing my people experience victorious living, and I am willing to take this fight for complete and total healing, as well as liberation, all the way. I challenge you to join me. I challenge you to come from behind the keyboard and own your destiny on the battlefield. It is time to unleash the lion in you. ~ Dr. Rick Wallace, Ph.D.


Doctor Wallace has invested more than 26,000 hours of research into understanding the scientific implications of white supremacy and how they have directly impacted African Americans in all nine areas of human activity, which include economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war. He has spent a substantial amount of time attempting to answer the question of why blacks seem incapable of overcoming the barrier of racism despite the fact that the solution has been placed before them.

The preponderance of the evidence that Dr. Wallace has examined has provided him with a lucid perspicacity of the complex dynamic at play — a dynamic that includes psychological, sociological, economic and political oppression that is executed through multitudinous pernicious machinations. He has used this information to develop what he calls The Black Community Empowerment Blueprint 1.0. This blueprint is a comprehensive strategy that addresses every area of concern for the black collective in great detail. Dr. Wallace has also disseminated his findings in a number of literary works, including his latest book, The Mis-education of Black Youth in America.

Currently, Dr. Wallace is moving into the second phase of his research, transitioning from inductive research to deductive research for the purpose of advancing and introducing certain scientific theories associated with the African American experience. To this date, Dr. Wallace’s research has proven to be immensely valuable, as he develops social programs to counter external influences, lectures to African Americans across the nation and develops a comprehensive blueprint capable of facilitating the complete elevation and empowerment of African Americans, as well as the complete diaspora in time, but the cost of research can be quite exorbitant, especially when he is investing between 55-85 hours per week.

To this point, all funding has been covered by Dr. Wallace himself. He is currently seeking research funding, but due to the specific focus of his research, traditional channels, such as government, academic and private grants are not an option. While he currently has a couple interested sponsors, both of them are non-blacks, which speaks volumes. While Dr. Wallace has committed to proceeding at all cost, the support of the community and people he is fighting for will prove highly beneficial in multitudinous ways.


  1. Aq

    I understand where you are coming I just see the situation differently. The Black men is existing below his potential because of the black woman, and the black woman is living below her potential because of the black man. They are just separate sides of the same coin, or the same oneness. Things have gotten much worst for us because we are content living like dogs within this system instead of fighting against it. The battle to assimilate into the into this system has been a long and torturous one in the face os slavery and then institutional racism after slavery. The union of the black family has been meticulously attacked since slavery because we all weren’t willing to die fighting slavery so we let white supremacy dictate hoe we would live. This had the effect of systematically reversing our roles which both the blackman and black woman learned to accept. This turned the power of molding children primarily to the woman. To continue our existence with this system based on white supremacy the black woman raised the black man to be subservient to the system, fearing for his life. She reversed his nature as a man, and her daughters in his place. This and other pressures have always made it difficult for the black man to find his place in the household. The black man often fell victim as a targeted person within this society threatening his position to be able to provide and often turned to alcohol to try to escape his shortcomings. The problem was never us, and was always this system based on white supremacy that was the problem. We who have been able to maintain our dignity in the face of this oppression are lucky. Black men and black women have been failing each other because we have accepted living in a society run by white supremacy. That is our problem. Once we rise up as a unit in all of our people and are willing to die to not live under white supremacy then our problems will go away, because then we will be fighting the real enemy instead of displacing our anger on each other.

  2. Dr. Rick Wallace, Ph.D.

    While your perspective makes for a good philosophical discussion, it lacks one vital element for improvement, elevation and empowerment — accountability. Your explanation of our predicament is from the perspective of a victim. While it quote verifiable facts, it does not consider perspective.

    Our predicament is not because of the machinations of white supremacy, but how we responded to those machinations. When we compare the Black Holocaust to the Jewish Holocaust, something I am doing constantly in my research, there is one glaring distinction that very few people consider — blacks continue to be the victims of slavery and its pernicious components, while Jews who experienced the Holocaust and their descendents are referred to and defined as “survivors.” That one word makes a huge difference. Once the Jews were liberated, they took their future into their own hands. While they made demands for reparations, they also took strategic and tactical action to ensure that it would never happen again. They did not spend an exorbitant amount of time considering what Hitler did, they studied what they did wrong that made what Hitler’s actions possible.

    As far as this article, I actually address this situation from both sides. I call for accountability from both, black men and black women; however, I understand that when two sides are at polar ends of the spectrum and neither side is willing to acknowledge their own culpability, it is necessary to introduce accountability. In society and in enterprise, accountability begins at the top, with the leadership. Black men want to claim the role of king, well, that comes with responsibility. One of the responsibilities as a leader is owning the mess that happens under your watch, regardless who is responsible for it. We see this in every area of life. Coaches are fired for poor player performance. CEO’s are fired because of mistakes made by subordinates, etc.

    There is a video by Malcom X at the end of this article, and not only is what he is saying in the video applicable today, it has gotten worse. The truth is that while our women have a lot that they need to work on, far too much of their pain is coming from the hands of our own men, and that which is not, is allowed by our men. That, my friend, is unacceptable. We can sit here and debate who has done what all day long, but my question is what is the leadership going to do. You definitely have a write to your opinion, but I choose to side with brother Malcolm on this one. And if you hold this position, my question is what is you suggestion to remedy the situation, because that is what we must be pushing toward.

    As I stated in the article, there is an African proverb that covers it all:

    “When there is no enemy within, the enemy on the outside can do us no harm.”

    As Dr. Umar Johnson has stated it quite lucidly, “White supremacy is absolutely nothing without Black compliance. It is time that we stop giving the enemy so much power by ignoring our own culpability. If black men are going to be kings and leaders, that starts with owning this mess, and leading the movement for change. It starts with loving our women back to life. Strong black men lead.

    I work in black neighborhoods on a regular basis and what I can tell you is where black men take the lead instead of pointing the finger — at women or white supremacy racism — they are producing change. As long as you are talking about what white supremacy has done or is doing without talking about what you are going to do, you give institutional racism all of the power. I prefer to take the power myself.

  3. Sheeka J

    Thank you Dr. Wallace for the article but especially for your reply. We keep trying to fix the tail of the problem instead of the head. This is why we keep chasing our tails wondering how did we regress so much. I hope many young men have read this and understand the great responsibility that comes with being a leader.

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