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African Americans and Gender

A great deal of attention has been paid to the experiences of African Americans in education. Much of the work in this area has focused on comparisons of African Americans with Whites, particularly with respect to academic achievement. A serious weakness of this research and writing lies is the tendency to view African Americans as a monolithic group. This orientation, focusing on race alone, ignores other important characteristics such as gender, social class status, sexuality, and disability. However, all of these markers can have an impact on an individual's perceptions and behavior along with others' views of him or her.

This entry focuses on some ways in which gender is related to the experiences of African Americans, particularly in education. Specifically, this entry will focus on ...

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