Breaking the cycle: Overcoming challenges faced by Black boys and men
Social Work needs more men of color
Author: Linda Burton
Publication Date: January 2021
" In doing this work, I continued to notice the absence of men of color, not just in these communities, but also in the ranks of those who surveilled African American boys and directed them into the criminal justice and social welfare systems. Women, most often White women, were typically filling those roles and directing the cases of African American males, which shaped their lives in ways the social workers didn’t fully grasp. As a consequence, I observed that they often fell short of providing these young males with the guidance and support that was critical to their positive growth and development."
Breaking the cycle: Overcoming challenges faced by Black boys and men
The challenges facing Black men - and the case for action
Authors: Richard V. Reeves, Sarah Nzau, and Ember Smith
Publication Date: November 2020
“To be male, poor, and either African-American or Native-American is to confront, on a daily basis, a deeply held racism that exists in every social institution,” writes our Brookings colleague Camille Busette. “No other demographic group has fared as badly, so persistently and for so long.” To meet this “appalling crisis,” Camille calls for nothing less than “a New Deal for Black men.”
Creating this New Deal is one of the core priorities of the Race, Prosperity and Inclusion Initiative, directed by Camille, but also of the new Boys and Men Project launched today out of the Center on Children and Families. The elements of this New Deal will likely consist of intentional policymaking in the fields of education and training, the labor market, family policy (especially for fathers), criminal justice reform, and tackling concentrated poverty.
6 policies to address social problems affecting Black boys and men
Author: Ashleigh Maciolek
Publication Date: December 2020
Last month, the Center on Children and Families and the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative hosted an event to review the unique situation of Black men in the United States and to discuss possible policy directions for improving their social and economic outcomes and opportunities. The unique challenges facing Black boys and men require a specific set of policy responses, from the earliest days of life through adulthood.
A key theme of the event was that policymakers must pay particular attention to the intersection of institutionalized racism and sexism in society and they must be intentional with their support for Black boys and men. Anything less than systemic change will allow the current system to continue to function as it was originally designed—to the detriment of Black men. To that end, the experts identified six key policy areas to systemically address the challenges Black boys and men face:
A New Deal for poor African-American and Native-American boys
Author: Camille Busette
Publication Date: March 2018
The U.S. is facing a national crisis. It is virtually guaranteed that if you are poor, male, African-American or Native-American, you have a disproportionally high likelihood of ending up in prison, unemployed, or both. In a new paper by my colleague, Adam Looney, and his co-author, Nicholas Turner, intended to analyze post-incarceration employment, the authors find that:
“Almost one-third of all 30-year-old men who aren’t working are either in prison, in jail, or are former prisoners…Boys who grew up in families in the bottom 10 percent of the income distribution were 20 times more likely to be in prison on a given day in their early 30s than children born in top ten percent of families…Prisoners are also disproportionately likely to have grown up in socially isolated and segregated neighborhoods with high rates of child poverty and in predominantly African-American or American Indian neighborhoods.”
What about the boys? Education boys for gender justice
Author: Nora Fyles
Publication Date: June 2018
When I first began hearing the comment “what about the boys” in discussions about girls’ education I dismissed it as gender biased, and a desire to stop efforts to ensure equal access for all girls and boys. But as the trends in gender disparities have started to shift, and our goal posts changed from gender parity to gender equality, I have needed to rethink my earlier response to the question about “the boys”.
Last month UNGEI published a blog highlighting our new understanding of the changing nature of the gender gap in education. In many regions, the gender gap is at the expense of boys, particularly at the secondary level and for those from the poorest families. Yet as increasing numbers of women and girls gain access to and progress through education, they continue to face discrimination in schools, communities, homes, and the workplace. We have learned through experience that an exclusive focus on girls’ education does not allow us to address the deep structures of gender inequality that are reinforced in and through education. In parallel to tackling issues that marginalize girls, we know there is a need for more focus on the harmful gender norms that disadvantage both girls and boys.
Beyond Plight: Defining Pathways to Optimal Development FOR Black MEN and BOYS Across the Life Course
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The Greatest White Privilege Is Life Itself
Like so many other black men in America, Elijah Cummings died too young.
IBRAM X. KENDI
OCT 24, 2019
Who are America’s Poor Children? The Official Story
Authors: Vanessa R. Wight, Michelle Chau, and Yumiko Aratani
Publication Date: March 2011
Over 15 million American children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, which is $22,050 a year for a family of four.1 The number of children living in poverty increased by 33 percent between 2000 and 2009. There are 3.8 million more children living in poverty today than in 2000.
Not only are these numbers troubling, the official poverty measure tells only part of the story. Research consistently shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty level to make ends meet.2 Children living in families with incomes below this level - for 2010, $44,100 for a family of four - are referred to as low income. Forty-two percent of the nation’s children - more than 31 million in 2009 - live in low-income families.3
Nonetheless, eligibility for many public benefits is based on the official poverty measure. This fact sheet describes some of the characteristics of American children who are considered poor by the official standard.4آ
Poverty Fact Sheets
The Department of Social Work in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Memphis is dedicated to understanding poverty and its causes through research and engaged scholarship. Our purpose is to identify the most effective ways to eliminate poverty and promote social and economic development for our region. If you would like more information on Memphis poverty, please contact Dr. Elena Delavega at Poverty Fact Sheets The Department of Social Work in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Memphis is dedicated to understanding poverty and its causes through research and engaged scholarship. Our purpose is to identify the most effective ways to eliminate poverty and promote social and economic development for our region. If you would like more information on Memphis poverty, please contact Dr. Elena Delavega at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Resources for Voting:
Helping formerly imprisoned Fathers transition back into fatherhood
Kuijichalia: Journal of the Black Child
African American rites of passage interventions: A vehicle for utilizing African American male elders
Umoja: A Culturally Specific Approach to Mentoring Young African American Males