Contemporary Debates in Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Exploring the Lives of Black and Brown Americans
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The social and cultural inclusion for Black and Brown people continues to be one of the pressing concerns in the 21st century. This pathbreaking collection of works in Contemporary Debates in Social Justice encourages a multi-discipline approach to examining the existing societal injustices affecting Black and Brown communities across the United States. In its exploration of Black and Brown life, this book considers issues of health, political, criminal justice, and educational inequalities. It takes a unique approach by offering essays, empirical studies, and interviews from a range of scholars, community activists, and practitioners who are on the front line of addressing social and cultural injustices. These diverse insights into such injustices illuminate new ways of understanding the complexity of Black and Brown communities.
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List of Figures
1. Responding to the Call for Social Justice
Farrah Gafford Cambrice
Part I Prioritizing Black and Brown Health
2. Black Women’s Mental Health and COVID-19
Claire Norris, Tamika C. Baldwin-Clark, Tiffany D. Thomas, and Farrah G. Cambrice
3. African American Men’s Health Disparities
Jerry Watson, Yarneccia D. Dyson, Shonda K. Lawrence, and Malik Cooper
4. Interview: Black Women’s Reproductive Health and Controversies
Farrah G. Cambrice
Part II The Societal Punishment of Black and Brown Bodies
5. Police Brutality, African American Men, and Social Justice: An Ideological Challenge
Shonda K. Lawrence, Jerry Watson, and Malik Cooper
6. Wrongful Convictions: Race and Exoneration in the Criminal Justice System
William T. Hoston and Farrah G. Cambrice
7. Debate: Does “Black and Brown Forgiveness” Hinder the Fight for Racial and Ethnic Justice?
Affirmative, James Jones III
Negative, Michael Royster
Part III Social Justice and Education
8. Interview: Do Charter Schools Represent a Viable Alternative to Low Performing Schools with a Majority Black and Brown Student Body?
Tabitha S.M. Morton and Farrah G. Cambrice
9. Religiosity, Prosocial Values, and Future Expectations in High-Achieving Urban African American Adolescents
Antanious White and Michael Cunningham
10. Merging Pedagogy with Social Justice: An Examination of Classroom Instruction, Civic Engagement Approaches, and Challenging Social Inequality at a Private Historically Black College
Roshunda Harris-Allen and Keyonte Jackson
Part IV Social Justice Issues in Urban Spaces: Past and Present
11. Examining Interracial Civil Rights Activism in 1950s Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Matthew G. Washington
12. Place Dynamics of African American Populations in the Houston Metropolitan Region
Noel M. Estwick, Bakama BakamaNume, Darrel L. McDonald, and William Turner
13. Debate: Is Gentrification a Detriment to Predominately Black and Latinx Communities?
Affirmative, Asheli Atkins
Negative, Andreanecia M. Morris
Part V Social Justice in Action
14. New Orleans Youth Alliance
Interview with Executive Director, Dr. Rashida Govan
15. National Black Women’s Justice Institute
Interview with Executive Director, Dr. Sydney McKinney
16. HBCU Students Fighting for the Right to Vote
Maia A. Young
About the Editors
Farrah G. Cambrice, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). Dr. Cambrice’s research interests include race, disaster recovery, community building, emerging adulthood, and family. Her peer-reviewed research appears in Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archive Professionals, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Global Policy and Resilience, and Journal of Urban History.
William T. Hoston, Ph.D., is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Mellon Center for Faculty Excellence at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). He holds teaching and research interests in the areas of minority voting behavior, political behavior of Black politicians, race and minority group behavior, Black masculinity, sexualities and gender, race and crime, and theories and dynamics of racism and oppression. Dr. Hoston is the author or editor of eight academic books. For more information, please visit: WilliamHoston.com.
Marco T. Robinson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of History at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). Dr. Robinson employs archival studies, qualitative methods, and digital tools to explore race relations, community histories in the American South, education, intersections between gender and race, civil rights activism, heritage, agricultural, and public history. His peer-reviewed research appears in the Journal of International Politics, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archive Professionals, and KULA: Journal of Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies.