Is the black male the most unassailable member of our society? Is he the most feared, and the least 'known'?

The definition of the black male still appears to be a narrow one - he does not, in the popular imagination, have as many 'roles' as the white male.

For the black male to become more known (and therefore more assailable, and less feared) his representation within culture would have to be more widespread and varied than it currently appears to be. A wider range of roles would also afford freedom; it would allow the (average) black male greater room to manoeuvre, and more ways to be.

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  1. 'Chloe liked Olivia,' I read. And then it struck me how immense a change was there. Chloe likes Olivia perhaps for the first time in literature.

    Cleopatra did not like Octavia. And how completely Antony and Cleopatra would have been altered had she done so! As it is, I thought [...] the whole thing is simplified, conventionalized, if one dared say it, absurdly.

    Cleopatra's only feeling about Octavia is one of jealousy. Is she taller than I am? How does she do her hair? The play, perhaps, required no more. But how interesting it would have been if the relationship between the two women had been more complicated.

    So much has been left our, unattempted.

    [Virginia Woolf]
    A Room of One's Own, p.95