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Gerry L. Small & Adrian Worrell (2018) “Roses, Cracks and Concrete: Black Canadian Males and Politics of “Marketability””


The Rose is the tale told and propagated by North American mainstream media to help produce the image of the “marketable” Black male. It encourages society to subscribe to a conglomeration of cultural, class and gender norms which are crucial to the reproduction of the complex oppressions that entrench and normalise white supremacy. It does so in social institutions such as the mass media and the school, through nationalistic pride and sensibilities, and at serious, but generally unrecognised, social and emotional cost. My investigation of these issues, in the support of my thesis, is organised around four major questions:  What lessons in “success” do Black males receive most frequently from their schooling? In what ways does nationality, specifically Canadianness, determine “marketability”? What are the interpersonal, psychological and spiritual costs of being a “Rose”? And, how do we move beyond the rose and toward concepts of masculinity that are more constructive? Though the barriers and obstacles are many, and sometimes surprising, these interrogations permit for the healing and protection of ourselves and others, and so are vital to our nourishing of the unborn and offer direction to young black men on the path to being, and becoming, their fullest selves.


marketability; black masculinity; social institutions; Canadianness; psychological health

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Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by RJ4All Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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This entry was posted on February 28, 2018 by in Citizenship.

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RJ4All Publications is a non-profit independent, publisher that was founded by Dr. Theo Gavrielides. It specialises in social sciences and research studies, has a  restorative justice series and is the publisher of the peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal.  


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