Our Black Sons Matter
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Our Black Sons Matter

Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes
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ISBN-13:
9781442269125
Seiten:
240
Autor:
George Yancy
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Our Black Sons Matter is a powerful collection of original essays, letters, and poems that addresses both the deep joys and the very real challenges of raising black boys today. The book addresses painful trauma, challenges assumptions, and offers insights and hope through the deep bonds between mothers and their children.
Our Black Sons Matter is a powerful collection of original essays, letters, and poems that addresses both the deep joys and the very real challenges of raising black boys today. From Trayvon Martin to Tamir Rice, the list of young black men who have suffered racial violence continues to grow. Young black people also deal with profound stereotypes and structural barriers. And yet, young black men are often paradoxically revered as icons of cultural cool. Our Black Sons Matter features contributions from women across the racial spectrum who are raising or have raised black sons—whether biologically their sons or not. The book courageously addresses painful trauma, challenges assumptions, and offers insights and hope through the deep bonds between mothers and their children. Both a collective testimony and a collective love letter, Our Black Sons Matter sends the message that black lives matter and speaks with the universal love of all mothers who fear for the lives of their children.



Contributions by Jacki Lynn Baynks, Shelly Bell, Deborah Binkley-Jackson, Meta G. Carstarphen, LaMar Delandro, Gretchen Givens Generett, Jane Anna Gordon, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, Susan Hadley, Carol E. Henderson, Dawn Herd-Clark, Elisheba Johnson, Heather Johnson, Newtona (Tina) Johnson, Jane Lazarre, Sara Lomax-Reese, Tracey McCants Lewis, Nicole McJamerson, Michele Moody-Adams, Elisha Oliver, Blanche Radford-Curry, Autumn Redcross, Tracey Reed Armant, Noliwe Rooks, T. Denean, Sharpley-Whiting, Treasure Shields Redmond, Sharyn Skeeter, Becky Thompson, Linda D. Tomlinson, Dyan Watson, Veronica T. Watson, Regina Sims Wright, Karsonya Wise Whitehead, and George Yancy.
Acknowledgments


Introduction: For the Love of Our Sons, by George Yancy





I: REFLECTIONS





1. Black Mother/Sons, by Sara Lomax-Reese


2. Once White in America, by Jane Lazarre


3. A Bottle of Mike Brown and Robin Williams, by Shelly Bell


4. Dark Radiance, by Becky Thompson and LaMar Delandro


5. Why Being the Lone Black Friend of Whites Will Not Protect You, by Noliwe Rooks


6. The Box,by Tracey Reed Armant


7. White Mama, Black Sons, by Heather Johnson


8. Watching and Waiting, by Nicole McJamerson


9. The Trouble I’ve Seen . . . and Why It Matters, by Meta G. Carstarphen


10. Inside/Outside, by Susan Hadley


11. Black and Blue: Stressing through to Dialogue, by Deborah Binkley-Jackson


12. A Black Jewish Boy Facing Manhood, by Jane Anna Gordon





II: ESSAYS





13. Sacrificial Lambs : How Many Dead Bodies Is Enough?, by Carol E. Henderson


14. Reflections of Black Motherhood: Birthing Black Sons, by Linda D. Tomlinson


15. The War Within: Respect and the Predicament ofMothering Black Sons, by Newtona (Tina) Johnson


16. A Long Ways from Home?, by Michele Moody-Adams


17. T.H.U.G. (Talented, Humanistic, Unique, Gifted): Anthropology, Sentiments, and Narratives of Black Mothers and Sons, by Elisha Oliver


18. A Fierce Love: The Unique Process of Nurturing, Educating, and Protecting Our Black Sons, by Tracey McCants Lewis


19. Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, by Veronica T. Watson


20. Mothers and Their Black Sons: Struggling against Fears, Sorrows, and Hope, by Blanche Radford-Curry


21. Regarding Henry, by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting





III: POEMS





22. A Love Poem for Michael Brown, by Elisheba Johnson


23. Lamentations from a Black Mom, by Dyan Watson


24. for Trayvon, by Treasure Shields Redmond


25. News of You, My Son, by Sharyn Skeeter


26. Death Passes Twice, by Autumn Redcross





IV: LETTERS





27. Dear William, by Gretchen Givens Generett


28. A Letter to CJ, by Regina Sims Wright


29. Killing/Saving/Loving Black Boys, by Karsonya Wise Whitehead


30. Anger, by Jacki Lynn Baynks


31. A Letter to Dr. King: Please Keep Breathing, by Maria del Guadalupe Davidson


32. A Letter to My Sons, by Dawn Herd-Clark





Afterword by Farah Jasmine Griffin


Notes


Resources


Index


About the Contributors