Making Mister

Anti-Black Misandry in Alice Walker’s Portrayal of Black Men in The Color Purple

From: Bigotry on Broadway


This chapter critiques The Colour Purple and the Mister trope, arguing that the previous debates surrounding the depiction of Black men in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple have overlooked how the caricatures of Black men as rapists and abusers reflect the consensus of racist White criminological and feminist literature in the 1970s rather than the sociological reality of Black people across the United States.



Tommy J. Curry

Tommy J. Curry is Personal Chair of Africana Philosophy & Black Male Studies in the Department of Philosophy of The University of Edinburgh, School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences. He is Editor of Black Male Studies: A Series Exploring the Paradoxes of Racially Subjugated Males (Temple University Press). Dr. Curry has authored Another white Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce Quest for a Philosophy of white Racial Empire (2018), winner of the Josiah Royce Prize in American Idealist Thought (2020); The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (2017), winner of the American Book Award (2018); and The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris: Selected Readings from The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization (2016).