Like a man
The Dramatics: "Treat Me Like a Man" (edit) (ABC, 1975)
The Dramatics are one of the longest-running franchises in soul music but aside from their hits from Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get and their appearance on Snoop Dogg's best song, I can't say I listen to them much. For a couple of years the album this is taken from, Drama V, had been sitting in a small pile of LPs near my desk with a note reading "rip 'Treat Me Like a Man'".
I've edited the track a little. The album version starts with "The Dramatics Theme", a 90-second instrumental that doesn't do much for me. My edit comes in kind of funny but I prefer it this way-- it's far more enjoyable on repeat.
Incidentally, this song was produced and written by Michael Henderson, who has a fascinating career that took him from Stevie Wonder sideman to the linchpin of Miles Davis's electric band to quiet storm gold and then on to eventual fame as a bikini model.
Kind of related: for a horrifying true-life story of race relations in America circa 1967, check out John Hersey's The Algiers Motel Incident. To summarize: in the midst of a riot, some police and national guard members raided a Detroit motel in search of gunmen who had been reported near the motel. The police proceeded to brutally interrogate the guests of the motel, 11 black men and two white women. All 13 were beaten; 3 were murdered; 5 were the original members of the Dramatics.