African-American history is intertwined into the greater context of American history. To understand contemporary race relations in the United States of America, one must understand its past. Breaking Shackles! The African-American Male Manifesto by Dr. Morris B. Clarington is a seminal work on comprehending the nature of race, prejudice, and discrimination.
This book follows the long and turbulent journey of African-Americans throughout history, and their rich culture. Each chapter is a glimpse into Dr. Clarington’s soul. Raised in Georgia, Dr. Clarington shares what it was like to grow up as an African-American male in the rural South. He examines African-American involvement in American history, society, politics, and culture. His touching and powerful accounts are both accessible and emotionally charged.
American history tends to perpetuate myths about the African-American males’ position in history. Soiled by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, current American history books attempt to omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from the African-American past. Dr. Clarington sheds light on the real African-American experience in U.S. history by retelling what it has meant to be a black male in America and how they have sought to counter oppression and racism.
Dr. Clarington provides an inspiring view of African-Americans advancing against negative media portrayals, poverty, and a debilitating worldview. He uses quotes from revered civil rights heroes, businessman, politicians, the Bible, and other sources to support his ideas.