A Framework for Black Masculine Caring
Edited By Lisa Bass
Chapter Four: Unmasking Leadership: African American Male Scholars’ Reflections on Critique, Justice, and Caring
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African American Male Scholars’ Reflections on Critique, Justice, and Caring
FLOYD D. BEACHUM AND CARLOS R. McCRAY
As the United States forges into the twenty-first century, it unfortunately carries with it the “baggage” of the preceding century’s “problem of the color line” (Du Bois, 2003). Du Bois eloquently identified the problem of race, which still blinds, holds, and binds us in the new millennium. Since American schools have the potential for igniting the fire of change, which could shine as a beacon light for all of society, the task of preparing educators in American K–12 schools falls largely on colleges and universities. Thus, they become places of great promise as well as paradox owing to the irony that higher education has the ability to elicit change or reinforce the preexisting hegemony.
The purpose of this chapter is to highlight the plight of African American males throughout the educational pipeline (K–16), as well as to unmask the challenges, difficulties, and obstacles these men face—not only as a result of what they do, but of who they are. Specifically, three themes that emerge from the literature will be addressed: critique, justice, and caring (Starratt, 1991). Scholars have noted that effective educators should have a critical and discerning eye that questions people, policies, practices, and perspectives (Beachum, 2011; McCray & Beachum, 2014; Ryan, 2006; Villegas & Lucas, 2002). Moreover, the scholarly...
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