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Black Man Emerging: Facing the Past and Seizing a Future in America [Paperback]

Joseph L. White , James H. Cones III
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September 22, 1999 041592572X 978-0415925723 New edition
First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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We are all familiar with America's stereotyped images of black men: criminals, sexual predators, and intellectually challenged athletes and entertainers. In Black Man Emerging, psychology professors James H. Cones III and Joseph L. White outline the evils that befall black men in modern society (drug addiction, gang violence, apathy, and limited educational and economic opportunities) and help contribute to those stereotypes. But they also detail another image of the African American male, honoring his triumph over slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, police brutality, and miseducation. While they feel that African Americans and whites can both solve America's racial problems, they write: "Black men will have to face up to their responsibility for the Black-on-Black crime and violence in the inner cities, teen pregnancies, paternal absence and family deterioration." They show how the legacy of the ancestral traditions of Africa, the survival of the Middle Passage to America, and the slave revolts created a glorious past of Afro-American male heroics that inspired leaders from Martin Luther King to Malcolm X--and can continue to inspire, along with those latter examples, today. --Eugene Holley Jr.


A wide-ranging thoughtful look at the history of black men in the U.S. that takes a position on how to repair the damage of racism. -- Booklist
Black Man Emerging is an important addition to the literature in Black Studies and Black Psychology. It is also an important contribution to the psychology of the African American male experience. -- Halford H. Fairchild, Pitzer College
...a useful and intelligent synthesis of socio-psychological factors pertaining to the African American male. Over the years, I have read a number of books evaluating aspects of the psychology of African Americans, and this book certainly occupies a place among the top contributors. -- Robert V. Guthrie, Ph.D.
...a clear, balanced, and comprehensive report on black men in America. Deftly weaving social science, social philosophy, and biographical stories, a sensitive and nuanced account of black men emerges. It is an easy and compelling read and a valuable contribution to our understanding of black men and their understanding of themselves. -- James M. Jones, author of Prejudice and Racism
Trying to repair the damage of racism on the black male ego is a formidable task. Two black male psychologists have taken up the challenge. White and Cones combine forces to give an inside perspective on the experiences of black men in America. ..Not just for black men, it should be read by anyone interested in knowing where brothers are coming from. -- Black Issues
In this wide-ranging, emphatically positive account of what it means to be a black man in contemporary America, White and Cones...provide a welcome antidote to discouraging headlines of violence and unemployment. Despite the inescapable complications of racism, most black men hold jobs, pay bills and taxes, and help raise kids just as most white men do. The authors' eloquent call for biracial dialogue offers a way to reduce the perceptual gap that denies this truth...Recommended for all collections. -- Choice

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (September 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041592572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415925723
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Newly relevant insights June 5, 2008
With Obama's candidacy, this valuable discussion, both personal and penetrating, becomes newly relevant. The authors, both psychologists, explore the issues facing Black men in America through case histories and biographical sketches, offering insights on racism, power, religion, family, Black consciousness movements, employment and education, and mentor programs, among other topics. Although some years have passed since its publication, their observations and recommendations still have power. Of particular importance is the final chapter on interventions, as well as the exploration of peer group influence, and the subject of macho identity. Includes bibliographic notes, index.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book December 2, 2013
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Great book! It has a lot of material that would interest the reader. I would recommended this book to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Women Respect Black Men first by Listening December 18, 2012
I have recently gotten married for the first time and I am over 50. A woman and former army officer I have befriended coached and helped transform boys into men. As a African American I have dated men of three different racial and various religious groups and since found the deepest love with my African American husband. I use this book as a how-to for finding an authentic connection and understanding of what is really meant when a man days things like"I'm a black man in America". There is such an amazing exposure of how cultural history shaped thinking while showing the great potential for men to repair and develop the future.
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As a Black man, I found the book to be inspiring and informative.I have given away several copies including a copy to a friend who is incarcerated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miles To Go Before We Sleep March 29, 2000
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Black Man Emerging: Facing the Past and Seizing a Future in America is a seminal text on the issues facing black men today.
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