Black men don’t want equality but ‘better access to patriarchy,’ says Atlantic writer Jemele Hill, sparking backlash
Atlantic writer Jemele Hill has received a barrage of online criticism after claiming on Twitter that black men do not want equality for all, but rather “better access to patriarchy” for themselves.
“I have increasingly found that many black men just want better access to patriarchy,” Hill tweeted in a Tuesday hot-take, adding: “They don’t actually want [the patriarchy] dismantled.”
I have increasingly found that many black men just want better access to patriarchy. They don’t actually want it dismantled.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 20, 2020
The pundit, no stranger to making controversial sweeping statements, did not provide any specific details from her analysis of the black male population. In the replies, however, Hill said that her opinion was based on “some of the conversations” she’s had recently, which she described as “disturbing.”
The broad and undefined statement provoked quite a diverse wave of criticism.
Many Twitter users were offended that Hill seemed to have extrapolated her judgment of some “black men in her circle” to the general black male population. Some even suggested she change her circle of black male acquaintances to help her avoid such “dangerous generalizations.”
Many black men in YOUR circle want better access to patriarchy. Diversify with who you hang with and stop blaming black men for everything 🤦🏾♂️ cuz we tired— Serenity 🕊️🖤🍃 (@Jayy2two) October 20, 2020
Then ... I think you should change your circle of Black men, at least as it relates to politics. Because I think you're better than walking up to the line of dangerous generalizations. Your experience is to be respected within the context of your experience & NOT mine & others.— Dee Malik (@DeeMalik9) October 20, 2020
Another group mocked Hill for perceived hypocrisy, given that she herself has climbed career ladders in various male-dominated spaces, while “most black men on the ground won’t ever get to experience” similar.
Your career is climbing different corporate ladders and getting plum jobs at different corporations, including at Disney , something most Black men on the ground won’t ever get to experience. How are you not guilty of wanting better access to patriarchy rather than dismantling? https://t.co/EM0HJq9bPV— Champagne Sharks Podcast (@ChampagneSharks) October 20, 2020
Agreed. Here's a picture of one who actually reached the upper echelons of the patriarchy. pic.twitter.com/SeKH6cqrpF— Stagger Lee (@leslieleeiii) October 20, 2020
Conservative writer Dan McLaughlin quipped that Hill was making a woke argument that even black men were “problematic now.”
Florida politician Pam Keith agreed with Hill, though, expressing her view that the pundit was describing black male Trump supporters.
This explains everything you need to know about black men who support 45. https://t.co/pO4dGS5noa— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) October 20, 2020
Keith was not on her own; many others also defended Hill, saying some black men are “choosing gender over race” and “throwing black women under the bus.”
Yup. They choose gender over race, throwing black women under the bus. Meanwhile, black women usually choose race over gender and protect black men. It's such a horrible betrayal. This is an excellent article.— humanist (@Decentarian) October 20, 2020
Despite being bombarded with criticism, Hill didn’t back down from her position, tweeting, “The one conversation we don’t have in our community is about misogyny.”
I have been dealing with this in different forms for years. The one conversation we don’t have in our community is about misogyny— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 20, 2020
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