Against the Odds: The Meaning of School and Relationships in the Lives of Six Young African-American Men

Against the Odds: The Meaning of School and Relationships in the Lives of Six Young African-American Men

Against the Odds: The Meaning of School and Relationships in the Lives of Six Young African-American Men

Against the Odds: The Meaning of School and Relationships in the Lives of Six Young African-American Men

Synopsis

Through examining the meanings and experiences of the six young men in this study, we can expand our understanding of the complexities of the lives of African-American men and simultaneously challenge seemingly unidimensional images of black men.

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Like when you grow up in the ghetto, they are like slums, basically set up for to keep
a black person down. and when you grow up in that, you see things like that, and
you be around it, it’s just like you’re going to be into it. ‘Cause the steps already
stand up so high, that you know, you ain’t gonna get no black male in inner city,
crime city, like Detroit where I’m from, he’s not going to make it. No. and that’s
how it is. You know you are going to start getting in trouble, hanging out with the
fellas, smoking bud, ‘cause it’s set up to hold us black people down.

Dwayne Reynolds

I’ve got to uphold an image, with myself, my mom and people in Cedarville … dis
proving something. That not all black kids are just a bunch of dumb kids that like to
play sports. and what I’m trying to do is, if I can play sports, have fun, and get good
grades at the same time, maybe somebody else will try to do the same thing.

Rashaud Dupont

One of the reasons I go to school, I just want that diploma. Because basically to me,
they ain’t there to teach, they’re just there to get their paycheck at the end of the
week. They ain’t teaching you nothin’. ‘Cause if they was teaching you something,
they would be teaching you something about your black African culture, instead of
teaching you white is superior. Because that is all they are teaching you,
white is so superior, they dominate everything.

Marcus Williams

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