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Book of the Month

Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity

Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity

By Ytasha L. Womack

Publication Date: January 1, 2010
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

As a young journalist covering black life at large, author Ytasha L. Womack was caught unaware when she found herself straddling black culture’s rarely acknowledged generation gaps and cultural divides. Traditional images show blacks unified culturally, politically, and socially, united by race at venues such as churches and community meetings. But in the “post black” era, even though individuals define themselves first as black, they do not necessarily define themselves by tradition as much as by personal interests, points of view, and lifestyle. In Post Black: How a New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity, Womack takes a fresh look at dynamics shaping the lives of contemporary African Americans. Although grateful to generations that have paved the way, many cannot relate to the rhetoric of pundits who speak as ambassadors of black life any more than they see themselves in exaggerated hip-hop images. Combining interviews, opinions of experts, and extensive research, Post Black will open the eyes of some, validate the lives of others, and provide a realistic picture of the expanding community.

Website Spotlight

American Council on Education

Diversity in Leadership

ACE has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education, particularly in the senior leadership ranks for people of color and women. The identification and development of college and university leaders who are representative of the general population in the United States, one that is increasingly diverse, is a strategic priority. Their research, programs and initiatives call to light the complex structural barriers that undergird advantage for some and disadvantage for others, mainly people of color and women. By engaging stakeholders and gatekeepers who are responsible for selecting and promoting leaders in a generative dialogue that broadens the appreciation for the assets and experiences that diversity brings, the organization aims to advance equity and positive institutional change.

Rural Assistance Center
Health and Human Resources Information for Rural America

Rural Assistance Center

Cultural Competence and Limited English Proficiency

Culturally and linguistically competent health and human services are essential for America’s diverse populations. Cultural competence describes the ability of service delivery systems to provide quality assistance to clients with diverse values, beliefs, or traditions, including tailoring delivery to meet their social, cultural, and linguistic needs. It is a set of behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in an agency or among professionals enabling them to work effectively in cross–cultural situations.

Limited English proficiency (LEP) refers to the restricted ability to read, speak, write, or understand English by individuals who do not speak English as their primary language. These individuals may be entitled language assistance with respect to a particular type or service, benefit, or encounter. Collectively, cultural competence and LEP address the necessity to understand and respond effectively to the cultural and linguistic needs among people of different nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures.

Duke Spotlight

Fuqua's Ashleigh Shelby Rosette:
Why Do Racial Slurs Remain Prevalent in the Workplace?

Dr. Rosette has written an article with co-authors Andrew M. Carton, Lynn Bowes-Sperry, and Patricia Faison Hewlin, sharing the results of their research. It is entitled Why Do Racial Slurs Remain Prevalent in the Workplace? Integrating Theory on Intergroup Behavior and it's available here.

The abstract of the article provides a good summary: "Racial slurs are prevalent in organizations; however the social context in which racial slurs are exchanged remains somewhat poorly understood. To address this limitation, we integrate three intergroup theories (social dominance, gendered prejudice, and social identity) and complement the traditional emphasis on aggressors and targets with an emphasis on observers. In three studies, we test two primary expectations: (1) when racial slurs are exchanged, Whites will act in a manner more consistent with social dominance than Blacks and (2) this difference will be greater for White and Black men than White and Black women. In a survey (n = 471), we show that Whites are less likely to be targets of racial slurs and more likely to target Blacks than Blacks are to target them. We also show that the difference between White and Black men is greater than the difference between White and Black women. In an archival study that spans five years (n = 2,480), we found that White men are more likely to observe racial slurs than Black men, and that the difference between White and Black men is greater than the difference between White and Black women. In a behavioral study (n = 133), mediated moderation analyses showed that social dominance orientation explains why observer silence is greater for Whites than Blacks and why the difference between White and Black men in observer silence is greater than the difference between White and Black women. Further, racial identification explains when these patterns are strongest."

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

The 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention. This April, join the conversation. Start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse.

By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts. Visit the SAAM in Spanish website, where you will find information and resources.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Website is also available in Spanish.

Mes de la Conciencia sobre el Asalto Sexual: Visita nuestra página en español de SAAM, donde puedes acceder a recursos e información.

For more information, visit the SAAM website.

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