Boys, from the moment they were born, embark on a lifelong journey to be men. They are subjected under the strict unwritten code called the “Man Box”. They learn at an early age that it will be easier for them to navigate through this process if they conform to what the Man Box mandates. Boys are constantly reminded to “man up”, “not be a pussy” and be stoic, or else, they risk being shunned or be deemed as weak and worthless to be men. The Man Box is real. So as the pressures it comes with. Our current society turns a blind eye and even helps in policing this mentality and way of life.
The article “Rise Above Racism by Sticking Together” by William M Grace published on February 19th 2013, focuses mainly on the fact that African Americans do not help their situation by just sitting around and blaming the whites. The article states that there is no denying that black people are victims of discrimination, in many aspects of life, but that they cannot just sit around playing the “blame game”.
The article Dueling narratives in Michael Brown shooting, by the 9 writers who contributed to the article such as Eliott C. McLaughhlin and Joe Sutton from the CNN U.S News website on September 16th, 2014 explains the different versions that the police and the witnesses gave to what happened before the shooting that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.
The article “Racism Is Canada’s Problem Too – Let’s Talk About It” by Craig and Mark Kielburger which was published on Huffington post, September 18th 2014, demonstrates that a lot of people believe that there is little to no racism in Canada, and ever since the Ferguson shooting, all the fingers have been pointed at the United States. However, the brothers emphasize that this is not true, and there is indeed a lot of racism going on in Canada.