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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 Seven: African American Men of Faith Care: The Intersection of Religion, Gender, and the Ethic of Care

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CHAPTER SEVEN

African American Men OF Faith Care

The Intersection of Religion, Gender, and the Ethic of Care

PAUL F. BITTING



INTRODUCTION

This chapter addresses an ethical theory regarding how those who care about morality can most sensitively know and evaluate their sense of the ethic of caring. This ethical theory developed out of feminist literature and has challenged the dominant and traditional approaches to ethical thought (Gilligan, 1982). Since our ethical values make up each of our personal constitutions, the work I address here is of considerable importance. Ethical thought is arguably too important to be left to the professional ethicists alone and, since everyone is an ethicist in his or her own fashion, it is critical that all people consider the topic of ethics as it relates to their own lives, behaviors, and perceptions. Still, the ethicist should provide a service to all those whom they can reach, and that service is theory. Without theory, the alternative is fiat and caprice at the level of individuality and the absence of harmony at the cultural level. Life is a series of ethical choices that we must each make on a continual basis—there is no area of deliberate human behavior that lacks an ethical dimension. This is especially true for those who would be leaders in an educational environment, because education is inherently a moral endeavor, as Fenstermacher (1990) noted:

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