Why Do Black Men Keep Failing Black Women?

White folks aren’t the only ones who need to be atoning right now

Michael Arceneaux
LEVEL
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7 min readJun 17, 2020

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I’ve been shocked, if not dumbfounded, by White people across America suddenly recognizing that racism is not a figment of Black folks’ imagination. It only took 400 years and three pandemics to get them to concentrate long enough, but something has finally shifted. (Hold your applause. They don’t deserve it. And don’t let them just turn Juneteenth into a new holiday weekend for so-so sales either.)

Although I will never get my hopes up too high given that I’m a millennial — America has failed me too many times to still be its sucker — I must admit that it does indeed appear that some real change is on the horizon.

As much as we all have to worry about gun-toting bigots with or without a badge or the “Karens” of the world, Black women have to worry about Black men more often and more immediately — on top of everything else.

But Black men, I implore us not to let those White folks have all the atonement. We also…

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Michael Arceneaux
LEVEL

New York Times bestselling author of “I Can’t Date Jesus” and “I Don’t Want To Die Poor.”