The term ‘mansplaining’ typically references a man who might be explaining something (usually to a woman) in a particularly patronizing or condescending manner. This term has usually been relegated to explain White mansplaining. The term at one point had the possibility of propelling the conversation of men dominating conversations and spaces but the term has evolved into a catch-all phrase describing anything a man says in explanation of something (mostly in a joking way to one another).
But mansplaining has yet to critically reach engagements between Black men and Black women. Black women are typically subject to mansplaining by not just White men but Black men as well. Recent social movements reveal that Black women while at the forefront of activism and mobilization, are still relegated to the margins either forced to privilege our male counterparts or run the risk of being seen as ‘disloyal’.
But I was recently involved in a conversation with a group of students and realized that embedded in conversations between young Black men and women, mansplaining is prominent (and in very classed ways). But what does this look like? How does it differ from White mansplaining?
Drawing from my extensive multi-year, lifelong, ethnographic observations as a member, observer, and participant in Black culture, I’ll provide a Top 10 of Black Mansplaining.
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