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Abuse, Neglect in Family HS 481
April 22, 2011
Africa American Men and Intimate Partner Violence
The tragedy for African American families and the African American community is that for years the family provided the social support and protection from the racism African Americans routinely in the outside world. What African American IPV accomplishes is the alienation of African American men from the very people who are standing there supporting them, protecting them from all kinds of racist acts ranging from job discrimination to police brutality and to their female partners. The tragic irony in IPV is that the very racism that African American men rely on their female partners to buffer is also the source of hostility that lead to so much of the abuse they perpetrate against these same female partners. This type of IPV rips apart the African American family and leaves African American men and women vulnerable to the racism perpetrated against them from the outside world. In this paper I will discuss some of the significant causes. Individual causes (exposure to violence), cultural cause (constructions of masculinity) and structural causes (unemployment and incarceration) of IPV among African American men. I will also address the so called “triggers” of IPV of African American men. They are male masculinity and the role of the breadwinner. IPV provides a means for African American men who live in a social world plagued by racial dominance, to reassert their masculinity and maintain their male privilege and dominance on their heterosexual relationships. These factors that contribute to African American IPV only perpetuate the cycle of violence.
African American men are no more likely to be violent than their white counterparts. Yet, when African American men do engage in IPV the violence they do is more severe than that of their white counterparts. Some of the most common images of African American are as perpetrators in...