African American Families Today: Myths and Realities
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African American Families Today: Myths and Realities

by Angela J. Hattery, Earl Smith
     
 

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From teen pregnancy and single parenting to athletics and HIV/AIDS, myths about African American families abound. This provocative book by two acclaimed scholars of race and ethnicity debunks many common myths about black families in America, sharing stories and drawing on the latest research to show the realities.

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From teen pregnancy and single parenting to athletics and HIV/AIDS, myths about African American families abound. This provocative book by two acclaimed scholars of race and ethnicity debunks many common myths about black families in America, sharing stories and drawing on the latest research to show the realities.

African American Families Today examines the wellbeing of African American families around topics including marriage, health, education, incarceration, wealth, and more. Authors Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith show that even though the election of the first African American president, Barack Obama, has been symbolically important for African Americans, his presidency has not had a measurable impact on the daily lives of African American families. As the book shows, racial inequality persists—we’re clearly not in a “postracial” society.

Editorial Reviews

William Julius Wilson
This insightful book is a must-read. Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith provide a compelling and refreshing analysis of the complex forces impacting the contemporary African American Family.
Joe R. Feagin
With convincing evidence Hattery and Smith destroy white myths about black families, efforts, and opportunities, including stereotypes of marriage, athletics, and a postracial America. Central to white-created institutions, unjust enrichment for whites and unjust impoverishment for blacks are shown to still generate racial inequalities in health, mortality, education, incarceration, and voting.
Jennifer Hochschild
African American families are crucially important to society in the United States, and African American Families Today is an important exploration of their condition and behavior. All readers will find something to disagree with, and a vast amount to teach, enlighten, and move them.
Timothy McGettigan
Is Barack Obama the first postracial president? If you think so, then think again. In African American Families Today, Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith systematically shoot down every major falsehood associated with the erroneous claim that Barack Obama is a postracial president. With an accessible narrative, the book provides readers with the tools to develop a powerful and incisive new perspective on race, racism, and contemporary U.S. society. Every well-informed American should read African American Families Today before they cast their vote in the 2012 presidential election.
Vernon D. Johnson
Hattery and Smith have shown us that the prism of the family can be a particularly revealing way of chronicling the conditions of African Americans across a broad spectrum of issues.
INTAMS review: Journal for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality
African American Families Today is the best book . . . [and] also the most provocative. African American Families Today eviscerates white myths about black Americans. Whether it's teen pregnancies, single parenting, athletics, or HIV/AIDS, myths about African Americans abound. This book debunks the myths and misconceptions, drawing on case studies and the latest research to show identities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442213982
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
841,972
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Angela J. Hattery is professor and director of women and gender studies at George Mason University. Her books include Interracial Relationships in the 21st Century.

Earl Smith is the Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies and director of the American Ethnic Studies program at Wake Forest University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Race, Sport, and the American Dream.

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