The ineluctable fact of racism exposes our enslavement to the past. Men are free who are free from the past. Free men are not old men refurbished; they’re new men.
Most of the men I see for counselling acknowledge fear or anxiety as their least-controlled emotion. They see this as a personal problem but of course it isn’t; it’s environmental, structural, political. The chief difficulty with fear is that it turns men into slaves.
If a man uses his freedom to pursue more pleasures and accumulate more possessions, then he is not really free. He is as conditioned, as enslaved and compliant, as the miller’s ox.