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Critical Black Studies Reader


Edited By Rochelle Brock, Dara Nix-Stevenson and Paul Chamness Miller

The Critical Black Studies Reader is a ground-breaking volume whose aim is to criticalize and reenvision Black Studies through a critical lens. The book not only stretches the boundaries of knowledge and understanding of issues critical to the Black experience, it creates a theoretical grounding that is intersectional in its approach. Our notion of Black Studies is neither singularly grounded in African American Studies nor on traditional notions of the Black experience. Though situated work in this field has historically
grappled with the question of «where are we?» in Black Studies, this volume offers the reader a type of criticalization that has not occurred to this point. While the volume includes seminal works by authors in the field, as a critical endeavor, the editors have also included pieces that address the political issues that intersect with – among others –
power, race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, place, and economics.


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Conclusion 275 has revealed how the media perpetuate institutional racism and discrimination in order to maintain economic advantage at the expense of the lives of people of color. Jenkins revealed that literature and poetry of Black women writers use their lived experiences to connect to others and to challenge soci- etal norms used to marginalize women of color. In an important study, laPoe and sullivan discovered how White readers react to news reported in the Black press. Their findings asserted that when news was related to issues of race, White readers find stories to be less credible when reported by a Black newspaper, as opposed to a mainstream news source, even if the story is exactly the same. In consider- ing education, symanski investigated gifted education in the K-12 setting and found that many gifted education teachers lack the cultural competence to recognize gifted learners of color and to challenge them appropriately. she argues that Black students need to have stronger self-confidence. Finally, Jack- son addresses the problems that arise from the discourses of diversity and inclusion, which are still often couched in the view of whiteness as the norm. In order to challenge the influence of whiteness on these discourses, he offered a mediating model with an extensive interrogation of discourse associated with strategies for diversity and inclusion. sexual and gender identity are an important component of Critical Black studies, as the authors in the section on Queer and transgender studies in Black studies have shown. Wilson’s discussion on...

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