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Monday, December 24, 2007

Race Man Evolved and Upgraded to Environment Man

By Environment Man

"Race Man" is a term from the beginning of the 20th century that describes black men of stature and integrity who represented the best that African Americans had to offer in the face of Jim Crow segregation. Race men: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Sidney Poitier, et. al. Of course Duke University professor Mark Anthony Neal descibes Denzel Washington as the epitome of the 'Race Man' as currently portrayed by Hollywood. Yet Neal ultimately rejects the notion of a Race Man:

"No one representation of blackness, positive nor negative, can encompass the complexity of black life...perhaps it's time to give the race man the eulogy he deserves after more than a century of service."

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