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ERIC Number: EJ1114055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2014-6418
The Measure of a Black Life?: A Poetic Interpretation of Hope and Discontent
William­-White, Lisa
Qualitative Research in Education, v2 n2 p187-200 Jun 2013
Here, Spoken Word poetics (William-White, 2011 a, 2011 b; William-White & White, 2011 ; William-White, 201 3) is utilized here to interpret and reflect on racialized violence and homicide in the United States. African American youth, particularly in urban communities, are disproportionately affected by violent crime, namely homicide when compared to other racial/ethnic groups. The impact of violence is heart-wrenching for families and communities; it undermines notions of personal and community safety, freedom, and equality within and between communities. It erodes the ideals of democracy in our country, particularly when racialized violence is under reported in the media, or ignored by media; and, when such violence is inadequately addressed by, or perpetrated at the hands of, law enforcement. As a performance narrative, this piece asks the question: How do we create communities of care, spaces for understanding and empathy, and utilize communities as sites for consciousness raising about the systems that perpetuate inequalities in the lives of people? This piece probes this question, and trumpets a call to end rampant violence in urban communities, promote safety and foster agency in ways that is responsive to the needs and interests of all citizens.
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Language: English
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