“Who is working today, brothers and sisters? The black woman. Who’s making more money? The black woman. Who is more educated? The black woman. Who’s world are we in? The white man’s world.”

That’s the opening statement from Minister Louis Farrakhan’s daughter Donna in a speech on reverse gender roles which she attributes solely to the corruption of the white man. Dr. Boyce Watkins recently shared the video on his YouTube channel which sparked a great deal of debate, and understandably so.

Donna’s man point in her speech is society — or as she calls it, “the white man’s kingdom” — has emasculated the black man to the point that we are out of order with the gender roles set out in the Bible and the Quran which both call for men to be the head of the family. Instead, what we see are women “making the bread and butter” and black men being denied jobs. And, according to her, this has grave effects.

“He’s got her bamboozled,” she said of the white man, “because now, put a little money in her pocket, she starts getting a little heavy voice. With a little money in her pocket, her mouth is uncontrollable. What is she saying to you? She’s saying, ‘I make the money in this house. I pay the cost to be the boss. If you don’t like what I say, you know what to do.’

“She’s not seeing the bigger picture — the hidden hand. She’s not seeing the hidden hand of the white man; the slave master. We have the appearance of being free but he’s still in all our affairs.”

Oh, if only sister Farrakhan didn’t subscribe to such antiquated ways of thinking about gender roles perhaps I’d be shouting and whistling like the members of the crowd too. See while I certainly believe evidence of white oppression exists in just about every facet of black life today, Donna is speaking from the assumption that black women don’t know what time it is.

We know black men are under attack — that’s why we started #BlackLivesMatter. We know there are systems in place in nearly every societal institution to keep black boys from ever thriving as black men. That’s why so many of us get caught up in the system ourselves trying to be ride-or-die girlfriends and wives. The problem isn’t necessarily that we don’t feel empathy for black men or we’ve been tricked, it’s that if we know these obstacles exist then black men do too and we just want to know what they’re going to do about it.

And let’s not act like black men are sitting around just dying to be welcomed into the arms of black women. For the most part, black men know who has their back and yet when issues concerning us and the trickery we succumb to as a result of racists and sexists, we hear crickets from out male counterparts. Nobody’s marching, protesting, or rioting, black men, by and large, simply go on about their day. Who’s bamboozled now?

Yes, it’s true that when black women earn a living (because no one is putting money in our pocket) we do have some rules about how we’ll be addressed and subsequently treated, but it’s not because we want to emasculate black men, we’re just doing what we have to do to survive.

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  • noirluv45

    Applause to the author of this piece!

  • PetulantPeacock

    Considering that women are the main bread winners pretty much everywhere in the world *except* the USA and Europe and are still treated like property – no. Just so much no.

  • [email protected]

    I have listened to the speech and read the article by Clutch. Here are my thoughts.

    Black women being more educated, earning jobs, and living her own lives have nothing to do with the emasculation of men. It has to do with the self-determination, he strength, and the power of black women. Also, Sister Donna made many stereotypes about black women who are working. It is false to assume that a hard working woman with a job collectively doesn’t know what time it is. Tons of black women know what the deal is with the system of white supremacy. There is nothing wrong with women being empowered. A woman’s advancement in the world is never about emasculation of men. There is something wrong with gender unequal pay though. There is a wage gap between men and women (where men are paid more in cash than women) which Sister Donna omits in her speech. She also omits the epidemic of misogynoir, sexual abuse, street harassment, and other evil that innocent black women face every day. Many black men have suffered discrimination, racism, the War on Drugs, etc. not by the hands of black women, but by the system of oppression. Some males have done bad actions and their actions should be blamed on them.

    Being a real man has nothing to do with dominating a woman. Being a man is about respecting a woman on the equal basis of equality. I don’t believe in black men or black women being unfairly marginalized in society. Men have the right to be leaders. Women have the right to be leaders as well. Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, and other Sisters were strong leaders and they saved many lives because of their heroic actions. Being a leader fundamentally deals with cooperation, fairness, strength, and mutual respect without misogynoir or reactionary views on gender. I don’t believe in the extremists on one side who want to blame all black people (of either gender) for all issues in our community and I don’t believe in the extremists on the other side who want to force black people to be in a theocratic society either.

    We certainly have a long way to go in achieving freedom and justice.

    • Me

      You broke it DOWN Truth! I wish more brothers & sisters who have these public platforms would learn what real unity is so they could spread this message instead of the message of division & competition. None of us win when we pit ourselves against each other.

    • [email protected]

      Exactly Sister.

      We should have more dialogue on important issues. The enemy is not us and we know who the real enemy is. Cooperation is key and following real unity is truly a necessity in order for us to achieve justice in this world. Brothers and Sisters bring a lot to the table. More people have to realize that. We can counteract injustice, stand up for our people, and be unified at the same time.

  • Mary Burrell

    Not very progressive

  • Persephone Jones

    The Nation of Scientology is showing it’s true colors.