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Mocked, Vilified, and Caricatured: A Theological Response for Clinically Depressed African-American Men from the Pulpit of One of America's Oldest Black Churches
     

Mocked, Vilified, and Caricatured: A Theological Response for Clinically Depressed African-American Men from the Pulpit of One of America's Oldest Black Churches

by Britt Starghill
 
Webster's Dictionary defines an endangered species as a class of individuals having common attributes and designated by a common name {which is} in danger or peril of probable harm or loss. This description applies, in a metaphorical sense, to many African-American men in urban areas who are miseducated by the educational system, mishandled by the criminal justice

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Webster's Dictionary defines an endangered species as a class of individuals having common attributes and designated by a common name {which is} in danger or peril of probable harm or loss. This description applies, in a metaphorical sense, to many African-American men in urban areas who are miseducated by the educational system, mishandled by the criminal justice system, mislabeled by the mental health system, and mistreated by the social welfare system. All major institutions of American society have failed to respond appropriately and effectively to African-American men's needs and problems. Consequently, many African-American men are living with what famed psychologist Kenneth Clark, author of the book Dark Ghetto, coined as the tangle of pathology ; indicating the moral malaise that produces men whose lives are unequivocally dejected and counter-affluent to most people in the dominant society. The truth is that these men aren't monsters or hopeless fiends; rather, for the most part, they are men who have experienced various societal and personal traumas that have worked to induce a particular form of depression, which largely goes undiagnosed and untreated. This book is an attempt to inform and empower black communities to understand and work toward healing this pattern of chronic self-perpetuating pathology that has engulfed too many African-American men who are now as a consequence living below society's radar screens, working and earning wages illegitimately and illegally, or deteriorating away in prison.

Editorial Reviews

Dr. Adetokunbo Adelekan
Starghill s acute analysis of the intra-psychic and extra-systemic forces that inform the black male psychic dilemma serves as both a cultural critique and ecclesiological model. He goes beyond the empty theorizing, glib forecasting, and piecemeal pontificating that characterizes contemporary discourse on the subject. What he has provided is a working model an effective program of personal and communal transformation that is relevant and worthy of duplication.
Dr. Ed Yancey, Professor of African & African- American Studies, University of Memphis
An overdue masterpiece. This emotional provocative book reveals the "worst kept secret" in America. An absolutely must read by all.
K.Z. Smith, Senior Pastor, Corinthian Baptist Church
The time has truly come for us to move from talking about the plight of Black men to identifying what factors are causing the destruction of our men. This book is well written and has opened my eyes to how impactful depression has become in our modern families.
Rev. Dr. Tony Drayton
Dr. Starghill delivers! Mocked, Vilified, and Caricatured gives voice to the social illness of male depression within the African-American context, from arguably the most historical platform in the black community: the pulpit. A must read for those seeking to dissect and understand black male depression and promote holistic healing.
Rev. John Duckworth
This work will prove to be a major contribution to African-American churches who dare to seek healing for our men. Dr. Starghill has magnanimously put his intellect and passion on display to benefit our churches and communities.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013747623
Publisher:
Full Surface Publishing
Publication date:
01/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
File size:
169 KB

Meet the Author

Britt A. Starghill is a 4th generation Baptist minister and is Senior Pastor of the Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church in Camden, New Jersey, the oldest African-American Baptist church in The State of New Jersey. He pastors a thriving cosmopolitan congregation within one of the most impoverished cities in the United States. Britt A. Starghill grew up in Detroit, Michigan and has lived and studied urban issues in Washington D.C.; Dayton, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; Rochester, New York and Jackson, Mississippi. He is a visionary leader that believes religion, spirituality, and a holistic approach to ministry can bring transformation and is a dedicated community activist in the Delaware Valley (the Greater Philadelphia area) that includes Southern New Jersey and Delaware. He teaches and lectures at many colleges, seminaries and retreats throughout the United States.

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