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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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5. Chance or Testimony: Am I Ever Your Equal?

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Chapter Five

Chance or Testimony

Am I Ever Your Equal?

The process of earning a Ph.D. from Washington State University required intellectual discipline, critical thought, the ability to construct and deconstruct theory, and to have the ability to navigate quantitative methods to test theories and establish social facts. In other words, I learned the meaning of sociology as a social science. A rather unexpected but nonetheless critical challenge was having to cope with the cultural shock of attending a predominantly white university in a place like Pullman, Washington. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a historically black college in Greensboro, North Carolina. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University provided me with a high caliber education, but it was delivered in a nurturing manner. I was pushed to be a good sociologist while a student at North Carolina A&T, but I really felt like the professors there cared about my overall well-being. My undergraduate mentor Dr. Robert Davis was intimidating to a lot of students but not to me. I respected his very blunt nature. Dr. Robert Davis was the first professor to give me an F on a term paper and actually wrote “this is bullshit” on that paper. That certainly got ←97 | 98→my attention, and I really tried to impress him from that point forward. Dr. Robert Davis is the primary reason I went to Washington State University. Before he even...

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