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Black Masculinity as Portrayed in The Wire
By
Maddie Langr
Black men and their issues are always
already framed as problems. Such general
framing of Black men leads to causal links
in the public imagination that create
antagonisms toward Black males, largely
instigated by the belief that Black men are
criminally and violently inclined… This
dynamic, of course, plays out in every
institutional area from public education, the
labor force, and health care (particularly
mental health) to, most tragically, the
criminal justice system, something that
many were reminded of with the shooting
of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. As
such, Black men are seemingly bound to
and bound by their legibility (Neal 6).
ommunities of color exist within a frame of
constant, gratuitous violence and surveillance.
Violence against Black individuals in America is
nothing new; this violence has existed since our
country was founded and continues today. Recently,
more attention has been given to the murders of Black
individuals by the police who rarely, if ever, are
punished for committing unnecessary acts of violence
that lead to death in far too many instances. Rumain
Brisbon was shot and killed after police thought his
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