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Black Mask-ulinity

A Framework for Black Masculine Caring

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Edited By Lisa Bass

Black Mask-ulinity: A Framework for Black Masculine Caring is a collection of research, narratives, essays, and conceptual works to lay the foundation for an important emerging theoretical framework: Black Masculine Caring (BMC). This framework facilitates an understanding of the teaching and leading styles of Black males, and seeks to improve the educational experiences of Black male students. This book is significant in that it builds upon feminist ethic of caring frameworks and takes readers on a journey toward understanding the ethic of caring through a masculine lens. Authors explore the experiences of caring school leaders; Black male students in need of care; Black males as caring fathers; Black males as caring spiritual leaders; and Black males as caring institutional leaders. This book is appropriate for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in classes including the foundations of education, the sociology of education, ethics in educational leadership, teacher preparation, Black studies, and scholars seeking a deeper experience in their study of the ethics of caring.
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Chapter Five: Masking Mentorship: Critical (Race) Care among Black Males in Special Education

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CHAPTER FIVE

Masking Mentorship

Critical (Race) Care among Black Males in Special Education

VONZELL AGOSTO AND RODERICK JONES



INTRODUCTION

Throughout the annals of U.S. history, Black males have been portrayed as a violent, irrational, and dysfunctional subgroup deserving of societal animus (Hutchison, 1996). Hutchison (1996) offers a well-argued critique of media as a major force in the widespread misrepresentations of Black males. Though it is not uncommon to hear public declarations that the election of the first Black male president of the United States helped mollify harmful racial beliefs and tensions, hardly a day passes in which the image of Black men is not assailed. Even President Barack Obama’s citizenship and therefore legitimacy as president has been challenged through commentary transmitted via television, radio, print, and the Internet. Notably, when his presidential opponent Mitt Romney (a White Republican) implied President Obama’s citizenry was uncertain at best, he was not questioned or challenged by media correspondents (Haake, 2012).

While the media construct negative representations and narratives of Black males, they are not the only institutions to do so. To some degree, schooling acts in concert with institutions—such as those governing media, justice, and health. Schooling thus reproduces, reflects, and responds to harmful sociocultural narratives and practices assailing the image of Black men. Moreover, systems of formal education support the dehumanization of Black males through acts that marginalize, commodify, or reinforce sources contributing to...

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