Working With Black Boys Why they are targeted for discipline Macheo Payne Lincoln Child Center August 2010
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?
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
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
Paired Share Talk about your student and share your reflections:
How you responded (what was the impact)
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
Risk vs. Protective Factors Environment (liquor store) SES (income, class, social status)
Internal motivation, drive, determination, talent
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 People (interpersonal oppression) Institutions (institutional oppression) 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 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
What Oppression Looks Like How are Black boys targeted Leverage power and authority Deny they a ‘choice or a voice’ 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.
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.
Strength-Based All behavior reflects a strength or a hidden strength Name some of the hidden strengths that Black boys exhibit: Flashy < Creative & expressive Outspoken < Honest & transparent
Moody < Passionate & compassionate
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?
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.
Internalized Impression Put a – or a + by each name and tally up the results.
Empathy Activity You should not present yourself to students everyday unless you can do 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
Thank You for your participation!