The way black men treat black women has been stigmatized for generations. In the media, our black men are usually not making the lives for our black women any easier by not treating them as the queens that they are. Black women are often overly sexualized and demeaned in the hip hop culture and this leaks over into the way young black boys learn how to treat young black girls.
Lawrence Lindell is flipping the script of how Black boys should be treating our black girls, which is with respect. Lindell’s new book From Black Boy With Love is a narrative that comes from the first-hand experience of being around Black boys and men who were putting down girls with darker skin tones and not so “good” hair. Lindell believes that if we want things to change for the better in society we must look out for each other in all ways. We must not look out for everyone who looks like us, sounds like us, and live like us. The Black man should be holding up the black woman, and black woman should be holding up the black man.
From Black Boy With Love will guide readers through what it means to truly appreciate Black girls and Black women in hopes that children who read this book will grow to understand the importance of respecting all women, and Black women especially.
“The book is not just about the relationship between black men and women, it’s the relationship between men and women, period. I’m black and my community is full of black and brown women who I love dearly and I wanted to make something for them. But we as men have a huge problem with how we talk, treat and think about women.” – Lawrence Lindell via (Huffington Post)
Copies of From Black Boy With Love can be purchased here.