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Clyde W. Franklin II

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Chapter 11: “Hey, Home—Yo, Bro”: Friendship among Black Men

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“Hey, Home—Yo, Bro”: Friendship among Black Men
“Hey, home—yo, bro”: Friendship among black men

Despite the fact that black men are visible figures on the American landscape, their lives and their masculinities are the least understood. Staples (1986, p. 57) recognizes this fact and suggests that black men in America are enigmas because “they are the least studied of all sex-race groups.” Certainly, cultural images of black men as deviants are ubiquitous in our society. In fact, there is no dearth of media portrayals of black men as sexual superstuds, athletes, and rapacious criminals (e.g. rapists, pimps, thieves, drug pushers, drug addicts, and so on). Rarely, however, do we get glimpses of black men in their everyday roles as fathers, workers, husbands, friends, and American citizens ...

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