A Framework for Black Masculine Caring
Edited By Lisa Bass
LISA R. BASS
The issue of Black administrators and caring appealed to me as I considered the ethic of care in educational leadership. I was particularly interested in the caring styles of Black administrators because of the increased incidences of violence and underachievement in schools with large populations of Black students, especially schools with populations of students living in poverty. Black leadership was of interest because Black leaders are disproportionately placed in high minority, high poverty schools, which is the target of reform for most districts (Bloom & Erlandson, 2003; Gooden, 2005). I began my investigation on this topic by studying how Black women school leaders demonstrated care utilizing the existing Black feminist caring framework (Collins, 1989) to frame my conversation (Bass, 2012). The findings from my study of Black women sparked my desire to discover whether Black men demonstrated care in similar ways.
As I began to investigate Black male principals’ caring expressions and behaviors, I realized there was no existing theoretical framework to facilitate my exploration into the ways in which Black men care. The fact that caring, a very basic elemental aspect of humanity, had not yet explicitly been considered in Black males, was concerning. I posited this oversight occurred because of the tough-guy image placed on, and sometimes assumed by Black men choosing to act out this stereotype. In my research, I found that Black men are acutely aware of society’s perceptions of them, and that these perceptions...
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