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Dear Black Male Japanese Anime Fans Part 2: #NotAllBlackMen

Dear Black Male Japanese Anime Fans Part 2: #NotAllBlackMen

Written By Howard T. Smith II

First, let me start by thanking thanking the tens of thousands of you for viewing my previous article. It really does feel good to know that many people have read my work. That being said, SOME of you have gotten a bit in your feelings about my article and I’d like to take this time out to address it.

I get it, not ALL black male Japanese anime fans are dirtbags and a lot of you are good men. You can continue to be good men by admitting that some men suck, and that its time to find ways to fix the problem of disrespectful men in the fandom. If you see women getting harassed at cons, do something about it. If you see other nerds being misogynistic towards black women, call them out. It’s not hard.

#Notallblackmen, Misogynior, Fandom, Community, Harassment, Japanese Anime Fans,

I don’t think all black male nerds are inherently evil, but I do feel that some tend to be too passive with the amount of misogynoir that goes on in nerd spaces. Then  when one guy points out the issues, it causes an unnecessary uproar. I’m aware that anti-blackness can be perpetrated by black nerd girls as well as black men. I’ve met my fair share of black women who bad mouth black men in the fandom. But rather than point fingers and go on and on about “see? They do it too!” let’s ask: who taught us to be content with this? 

I’d also like to take this time to call out those amongst you I’ve seen say that this was just a ploy to get sex. To those people I just shake my head. It’s clear anime, TV, movies with the trope of the sensitive guy who gets girls by telling them what they want to hear is somehow true to you. Truth is, the only reason you constantly see the classic anime trope of the manipulative douche who gets all the girls both in anime and in real life is because the toxic elements of masculinity that we’ve accepted as regular masculinity. This is built off dominating and manipulating women. Light Yagami is a prime example of this, mayu shinjos work is filled with with men like this.

If you truly do see a man calling out the blatant mistreatment of black women in nerd spaces as a gross generalization of black male nerds, please stop for a second, look around and maybe notice when your fellow man is being an asshole. Some of us aren’t all great men. Some of us are fucking up.

For people that have just been plain hateful, you are a sad, sad human being in that you view everything a man does for a woman through the lens of getting sex. You’ve limited your outlook on women to such a narrow view that I’m not shocked. I’ve met so many women who are frustrated with men to where they just don’t deal with us any further. I write about this sort of stuff because I believe it needs to be brought up. Trust, if this was only about trying to spit game for sex, I wouldn’t have said anything. And please, just because you haven’t seen this happening around you, doesn’t mean their concerns or harassment isn’t real. 

For the good men, keep watch and be an ally to the women of our community. For the rest of you, I have four words: grow the fuck up.

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About Valerie Complex

Valerie Complex is a freelance writer, and professional nerd. As a lover of Japanese animation, and all things film, she is passionate about diversity across all entertainment mediums.

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gojinryong
gojinryong

this is the most stupid feminist laden crap I've ever heard stop blaming your failing and short coming with women on other men and white knighting for feminist isnt gonna help you bro.

SchwarzBruder
SchwarzBruder

"toxic elements of masculinity that we’ve accepted as regular masculinity. This is built off dominating and manipulating women" #fullmcintosh. Wow so just being masculine is a bad thing to you? Women manipulate men at least as much as men manipulate women if not more so. Having a vagina does not make you a better person.


I don't know what feminists did to make you hate your own masculinity so much, but you should seek therapy to get past these unhealthy attitudes so that you can be happy with yourself and have healthy relationships. But instead you will probably do what misandrists always do and say "Look at this backlash to my trollbait, this proves that men just hate women, and that is all there is to it".

ShaunMason
ShaunMason

Some of your stuff in the article is true but not just exclusive just black men I think that it's a problem in the whole anime fandom with men I feel like not addressing that black women do the same thing I have heard over and over black women dissing black man because the other races are more willing to give a black guy a chance then black women are

ShaunMason
ShaunMason

It come from the face that other race men are fitting to date them I have heard this too I don't date black guys cause we wouldn't look right cosplaying right together and the way the Media or other black men out their fandom treat them for awhile I had the same problem where black women not of my fandom treated differently so I dated white for awhile you can't blame just black men for the problem its a over all problem with us a race in this fandom

HowardTyroneSmithII
HowardTyroneSmithII

True. I just speak from my experience as I can't dive into the menusha of other ethnicites experiences in nerddom. But you have a point