False and Harmful Narratives About Boys and Men of Color

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The excerpt below is from the essay The Persistence of False and Harmful Narratives About Boys and Men of Color.

“Stories that ‘dehumanize’ young men of color and question their value to society abound. And stories that ‘super-humanize’ the physical characteristics of boys and men of color create fear and distrust. The common denominators in these stories are dominant narratives — stories about boys and men of color that are distorted, repeated, and amplified through media platforms, both traditional media and social media, which fuel negative and vilifying perceptions and bring them to scale…. Dominant narratives of boys and men of color constrain how we perceive their potential and limit our expectations of them. In a sense, narratives become reality as boys and young men of color have their opportunities for advancement truncated throughout their lives.”

To find out more, read the complete essay and check out the guide, His Story: Shifting Narratives for Boys of Men of Color: A Guide for Philanthropy, from which this essay was adapted.