Black Males and Racism: Improving the Schooling and Life Chances of African Americans, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Black Males and Racism

Improving the Schooling and Life Chances of African Americans, 1st Edition

By Terence D. Fitzgerald


200 pages

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Behind the twenty-first-century curtain of "colorblind" public sentiment lies an often-ignored reality shared by many African American males—racism continues to thrive and often drastically affects their lives. Fitzgerald draws on his extensive interviews of black males to reveal the experiences of racism that continue in public schools and in American higher education.

Using empirical data and the methods of sociological research, Fitzgerald analyzes how the persistent effects of white supremacy in education have threatened the psychological and economic welfare of black males. The effects often last well into adulthood. Unraveling the subtle and overt mechanisms of institutional social control leads Fitzgerald to proposals to reduce structural racism and improve the lives of African American youth.

Table of Contents

1 The State of Our Education 2 Ideological Road Mapping: The Foundations of Oppression 3 The Role of Denial and the Controlling Image 4 The Historical Role of Social Control in Education 5 The New Mechanisms of Social Control in Education 6 Perception of the Black Male and Its Consequences in Education 7 Gender and Discrimination in Education 8 Fighting for Their Future: Constructing a Counternarrative 9 Conclusion

About the Author

Terence Fitzgerald is Clinical Assistant Professor (as of Fall 2013) in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. This book is based on ten years of experience and research in schools. He is the author previously of White Prescriptions? The Dangerous Social Potential for Ritalin and Other Psychotropic Drugs to Harm Black Males (Paradigm 2009).

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General