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Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black by Ricky L. Jones

By Ricky L. Jones

Expanded and revised version of the 1st ebook dedicated completely to black fraternity hazing.

Are black males certainly violent? Do they outline manhood in an identical manner as their opposite numbers throughout strains of race? Are black Greek-letter fraternities one of the most threatening pupil organisations on American university and college campuses? Can their often-dangerous initiation procedures be stopped or maybe transformed and, if no longer, what can be performed approximately them? during this moment variation of Black Haze, Ricky L. Jones takes on those questions and extra. the 1st variation was once an enlightening and occasionally annoying exam of yank men’s quest for recognition, convenience, reaffirmation, and manhood in an international the place their footing is frequently risky. during this new version Jones not just offers masterful philosophical and moral analyses yet he additionally forces the engagement of a terrifying genuine international procedure that damages and kills scholars with all too common regularity. With a revealing new preface and attractive afterword, Jones immerses the reader in an fascinating and darkish international marked by way of hypermasculinity, unapologetic brutality, and occasionally loss of life. He deals a compelling booklet that levels well past the topic of hazing—one that yields puzzling questions and calls for tough offerings as we circulate ahead in addressing concerns surrounding fraternities, violent hazing, black males, and American society.

Black Haze is a landmark learn on hazing tradition inside of black Greek-letter corporations. With an insider’s eye and scholar’s contact, Jones masterfully captures the emic contours, complexities, and contradictions of black fraternity hazing as ritual act and cultural perform. this article is without delay rigorous and obtainable, theoretical and functional, vintage and pressing. somebody attracted to figuring out hazing, masculinity, BGLOs, or black cultural perform needs to learn this book!” — Marc Lamont Hill, coauthor of The school room and the mobilephone: Conversations on Black lifestyles in America

Black Haze is a compelling survey of black Greek-letter businesses, their heritage, objective, and their such a lot damning traditions. this can be an exam of the way the virtues of brotherhood and civic provider coexist with brutal violence and cruelty inside of a number of the oldest businesses in black the USA. Professor Jones has produced an essential contribution a few an important and enduring problem.” — William Jelani Cobb, writer of The Substance of desire: Barack Obama and the anomaly of Progress

“Ricky Jones’s Black Haze is a crucial examine of black male identification improvement. by means of interpreting black men’s dating with fraternities, he uncovers higher and brilliantly penetrating insights into problems with masculinity and political id between African American men in the post-civil rights era.” — Peniel E. Joseph, writer of Waiting ’Til the nighttime Hour: A Narrative historical past of Black strength in America

Black Haze is a riveting coup de grâce opposed to ritualized violence in black fraternities. the second one version of Black Haze is the main penetrating, illuminating, and articulate sociopolitical and cultural research of the chilling legacy of violence in black Greek-letter fraternities. As one of many world’s best experts on black masculinity and businesses, Ricky Jones intelligently confronts conventional verities, social norms, and myths that search to justify and proceed ritualized violence in black fraternities during the brave prism of a reformed insider devoted to the protection of black dignity and life.” — Jeremy I. Levitt, writer of Black girls and overseas legislations: planned Interactions, pursuits and Actions

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Subsequently, the members of the new fraternity considered expansion and took a somewhat elitist position from the start. Wesley comments: Strong opposition developed to the establishment of chapters in schools that were not of Grade A recognition. 31 Whereas the chapter at Cornell was Alpha’s first, it may not be the one that carries the most historical significance for BGFs. That distinction probably belongs to the second chapter established in Alpha Phi Alpha in December 1907—the Beta Chapter at Howard University—because at Howard three of the other four BGFs directly or indirectly have their origins.

Durkheim argued that “collective habits are inherent not only in the successive acts which they determine, but by a privilege of which we find no example in the biological realm. ”3 This perspective, which I believe yields great explanatory power, requires us to examine the plight of BGFs on the macrosocietal level, rather than the microindividual one. HABERMAS, THE PUBLIC SPHERE, AND A CRITICAL APPROACH TO THE MEDIA One important issue that must be considered is where in society we locate most of the current discussions concerning BGFs.

The quest for these social goods—born of psychosocial anxieties—plays itself out in fraternities, but would (and does) manifest itself elsewhere if (and when) the fraternal vehicle is not present or accessible. BGF policies change, but behavior among many members and initiates remains constant because of one simple fact—the fraternities do not produce potential initiates, society does. National BGF organizations continue in the struggle to identify and solve their problems from the wrong perspectives—practical (organizational hierarchies, dues structures, individual chapter and national chapter power relations, and so forth) and individuo-psychological (levels of active participation, personal approaches to the organizations bred by particular pledge processes, and so forth) rather than examining the more telling relationship between sociopolitical systems and black male organizational and 12 Black Haze personal interactions and identities.

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