English 101, Section 506
7 August 2012
The Negative Effects of Being a Black Male in a “Post-Racial” Society
The University of Tennessee has 28,000 students, in which 7.59% of that total is African Americans. Of that 7.59% of African Americans, only 998.8 of them are African American males. Once these black males graduate, they will begin to search for the desired career that they have academically and socially prepared for at the University of Tennessee. Every day, job openings become available to people who are whether, not happy with the job they currently have, or those who simply want to work in a field of their desire, but what do you do when you are one of those African American graduates whose identity is an automatic degrading factor to your acceptance of your desired job or career? The year of 2012 is one of the most racially controversial years due to the re-election of the first African American president and homicide cases such as Trayvon Martin’s that involve a multi-racial Hispanic American murderer. These current issues are not the only supporting evidence for black males’ stereotypes that play against their opportunities, but historical issues are the originating factors of these ongoing stereotypes that will help one understand its existence. Historical events such as the slavery of Africans embody the origin of black males’ stereotypes and limitations. Jamel K. Donnor is an Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies, Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. In “The Education of Black Males in a “Post-Racial” World,” Donnor is addressing the stereotypes against black males and how they affect their lives and opportunities. Donnor notes that “with the election of the first African American president, many individuals have enthusiastically declared that America entered a new era where race is no longer a determinant in shaping the life fortunes and experiences of people of color” and that African American males are no longer viewed as inferior to other races (1). Despite these claims, stereotypes against African American males is an ongoing problem that results in false accusations and the negative suppression of their accomplishments.
Due to a huge historical event that categorized this group of people as morally, socially, and intellectually inferior, it is no surprise that black males face many stereotypes and prejudices today. In the early 1600’s Africans began being shipped to America for slavery. Slavery is a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune. This historical practice is a huge factor of why African American males are considered inferior today. From pictures, museums, and articles, I gained full awareness of the degrading words and treatment that African American males have endured. Races that were considered superior such as, Caucasian, had the power to kill, control, and declare black males as inhuman. Furthermore, this historical preference of the degradation of black males has lived on and is still an ongoing issue today. Due to slavery’s duration of over 400 years, it has become second nature to some races to automatically marginalize African American males. During the hundreds of years that slavery was practiced, many generations of races that are considered superior were born and raised to marginalized black males by their parents. Because of the context, the children of slavery’s generations became accustomed to the degradation of black males, just as they would with their parents religion or other cultural preferences. While many claim that these stereotypes no longer exist, the history of degraded black males continues to cause these men to be faced with false accusations today. Stereotypes and prejudices that African American men face today are...