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Racial Reconciliation

Black Masculinity, Societal Indifference, and Church Socialization

Steven Randolph Cureton

Racial Reconciliation: Black Masculinity, Societal Indifference, and Church Socialization pursues the deconstruction and construction of black masculinity. This book is partly exploratory in that it presents an abundance of profound quotes from historical and contemporary blacks who have a vested interest in race relations. It could be that the United States of America has not been ready to be receptive to the idea that blacks not only can recognize their own oppression but also can articulate with accuracy the human nature of the oppressor. This book aims to directly confront the nature and extent of racism and discrimination in an era that boasts about racial progress and a similar era whereby modern day churches perceive themselves as beacons of morality and racial harmony.

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Introduction: America Be Kind to Us Outside of Consciousness of Kind



America Be Kind to Us Outside of Consciousness of Kind

Some believe that there is a conflict between the American Creed (equality and liberty, equal opportunity, and justice) and American practice….The fact is that people live their daily lives making practical day-to day decisions about their jobs, homes, children. And in a profit-oriented, materialistic society, there is little time to reflect on creed, especially if it could mean more job competition, “lower property values,” and the “daughter marrying a Negro.” There is no “American Dilemma” no moral hang-up, and black people should not base decisions on the assumption that a dilemma exists (Ture and Hamilton, 1992:77).

My mentor Charles Tittle trained me to be a disciplined sociologist concentrating in criminology. I don’t recall him suggesting that I would someday pivot to research on race relations with an emphasis on the social construction of black masculinity. In fact, I can recall protesting numerous racial issues while in graduate school at Washington State. I led marches, shut down the administration building, and wrote several opinion pieces concerning personal discrimination in Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho. These opinion articles, appeared in the Evergreen, (Washington State University’s student newspaper) generated controversy and was beginning to dominate my life more so ←1 | 2→than graduate school. Professor Tittle summoned me to his office, apologized for the negative experiences I had encountered at Washington State, and then countered with “we did not bring you here to become...

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