What Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman Teach Us About Respectability & Black Masculinity

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TED S. WARREN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Their passion for the game of football and their confidence in their abilities make them fun to watch and even more endearing to listen to, but class standing aside, outside of the context of professional sports, they are read like any other black man without a fresh fade, collar shirt, and propensity to codeswitch.  Sherman and Lynch represent a particular type of black maleness and masculinity that competes with the safety of pretty boy intellectuals whose masculinity is tempered by their demeanor.  White folk don’t know if they should find them endearing or threatening.

http://www.crunkfeministcollective.com/2015/02/03/what-marshawn-lynch-and-richard-sherman-teach-us-about-respectability-black-masculinity/

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