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ERIC Number: ED530825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
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Reaching Black Men. Commentary
Gassman, Marybeth
Association for the Study of Higher Education
Journalist Elizabeth Redden brings to the surface several salient issues in her article entitled, "Reaching Black Men." First, she illuminates that fact that access is not enough when it comes to educating African American men. Second, she points to the importance of having campus-wide initiatives to support the success of Black men. And lastly, she illuminates criticisms of race and gender-based initiatives to increase engagement. The last major point in Redden's article is the existence of criticism of initiatives such as the one at Philander Smith College and those elsewhere in the country. Some activists find gender and race-based initiatives objectionable. These individuals typically believe that if all students are treated the same, fairness will be achieved and perhaps equity as well. However, this assumption neglects to consider the history of oppression and discrimination against African Americans in the United States. Likewise, these opponents fail to understand that students do not enter higher education on a level playing field. Even when controlling for socio-economic status, African American males experience racism that can have a damaging impact on their learning and engagement. A list of references and suggested readings is provided. [This document presents a commentary on: "Reaching Black Men" by Elizabeth Redden published in "Inside Higher Ed" July 14, 2009. "Reaching Black Men," its commentary, a list of suggested readings, and discussion questions are included.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: United States