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  • 1. Working With Black Boys Why they are targeted for discipline Macheo Payne Lincoln Child Center August 2010
  • 2. Introductions Where are you from?
    • Name, zodiac sign (optional) , talent
    • What can you offer to this topic?
    • In what capacity do you work with Black boys?
    • How do you work with Black boys?
  • 3. Training Goals
    • Frame the context in which Black boys are served in various context.
    • Develop a shared understanding of what impacts our work with Black boys
    • Build critical questions that can inform our continued work with Black boys
  • 4. Visioning Activity
    • Close your eyes, visualize a Black male student you have worked with that made an impact on you.
    • Think about why they impacted you, positively or negatively
    • Think about how you responded to this student
  • 5. Paired Share
    • Talk about your student and share your reflections:
        • Who this student was
        • Why they impacted you
        • How you responded (what was the impact)
  • 6. How Are They Targeted? The endangered species Suspension/ Expulsion Drop out Low graduation Special Ed/ ADHD Remedial/ Tracking Disease Illness Low quality of life Discrimination is psychological warfare Homicide Prison Environmental hazards Profiling Education Health Safety
  • 7. Risk vs. Protective Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Environment (liquor store)
    • SES (income, class, social status)
    • Race (“old and black”)
    • Poverty
    • Community violence
    • Trauma
    • Neglect
    • Poor schools
    • Lack of nutrition
    • Broken family structure
    • Protective Factors
    • Supportive relationships
    • Positive engagement
    • Skills
    • Education
    • Access to resources
    • Internal motivation, drive, determination, talent
    • Resilience
  • 8. Who Is The Oppressor? Oppression as the overt domination and exploitation of people, institutions and thought.
    • Everyone is an oppressor or sub-oppressor
    • If you passively or actively benefit from the oppression or exploitation of someone else, you are an oppressor
    • Primary Oppressors
    • People (interpersonal oppression)
      • Act of bigotry
      • “ ism’s”
    • Institutions (institutional oppression)
      • Police brutality
      • “ ism’s”
    • Ways of thinking (ideological oppression)
      • White supremacy (white privilege)
      • Any thoughts of superiority over others
    • Overt domination and exploitation of people, resources, and thought
    • Secondary Oppressors or sub-oppressors
    • Internalized oppression
      • Black on black crime
      • Negative self image
      • Inability to name source of oppression
      • Inability to identify the existence of being oppressed
      • Acceptance of negative stereotypes and labels into self concept
      • Inability to actively resist oppression
  • 9. What Oppression Looks Like How are Black boys targeted
    • Negative presupposition
    • Escalation
    • Ultimatums
    • Leverage power and authority
    • Threats of consequences
    • Deny they a ‘choice or a voice’
    • Forget they are children
    • Refuse to apologize
    • Treat them like adults
    • Intimidate them
    • Fail to hold them accountable
    • Black boys are limited culturally, in what they can express and how they can express it
    • Care, concern, fear, hurt, sadness, shame, embarrassment,
    • Most of our students are acutely aware of their positioning in society.
  • 10. Strength-Based "Men are whipped oftenist who are whipped easiest."
    • “ The strength of someone who has endured the greatest hardship is best equipped for creating great social change.”
    • Fredrick Douglass was born into slavery. A ‘foster’ child, dropped off at 6 by his grandmother who disappeared.
    • At 16, he fought back, struggling for 2 hours.
    • Douglass escaped slavery and rose to become an advisor to President Lincoln during civil war.
  • 11. Strength-Based All behavior reflects a strength or a hidden strength
    • Name some of the hidden strengths that Black boys exhibit:
      • Flashy < Creative & expressive
      • Persistent < Resilient
      • Bold < Courageous
      • Outspoken < Honest & transparent
      • Moody < Passionate & compassionate
  • 12. How Can You Improve If you’re already perfect, you can float up to Heaven, otherwise, roll up your sleeves
    • 1. What do you do well with Black boys?
    • 2. Where can you improve?
    • 3. How can you strengthen your work with Black boys?
  • 13. Internalized Impression How we oppression based on our impressions
    • Internalized impressions of Black males in the media and broader society do impact and contribute to your impression and assumptions about the Black boys you work with.
    • Write down as many Black men in the media, larger culture, world, that you can think of.
  • 14. Internalized Impression Put a – or a + by each name and tally up the results.
  • 15. Empathy Activity
    • You should not present yourself to students everyday unless you can do the following.
    • Imagine the following:
    • Your teacher being afraid of you and as a result unable to comfort you appropriately
    • Never feeling safe when you see the police even when they are there to “help”
    • Any enthusiasm that you express being interpreted as aggressive or even violent
    • Passion or excitement that you express being cast as sexually deviant
    • People not getting on the elevator with you or getting off as soon as you get on
    • People treat you as if you are going to steal something
    • Not being allowed to be angry without being viewed as dangerous
    • .
  • 16. Questions?
    • Thank You for your participation!