"Illegible Black Masculinities":
A Framework for Thinking about
Black Masculinities and Literacies
This concept of "illegible Black masculinities" comes from Mark Antony Neal's book, Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities. In that text, Neal states:
Herman Gray acknowledges that... 'black masculinity consistently appears in the popular imagination as the logical and legitimate object of surveillance' . . . there is a general underrepresentation of black males in mainstream corporate media; when black males do appear, they are often presented with exaggerated negative connotations; 'positive' associations are limited; black men and their issues are always already framed as problems. Such general framing of black men leads to causal links in the public imagination that create antagonisms toward black males . . . As such, black men are seemingly bound to and bound by their legibility.
Let's use Neal's frameworks as our penultimate goal:
Other Central Texts for our project
Sy Stokes and College Students