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Chapter 27: Resiliency and Young African Canadian Males
In the preface to his book “Nurturing Young Black Males”, Ronald Mincy (1994b) recollects about growing up in his neighborhood, poignantly sharing how he and his brothers eluded behaviors that would have hindered their future as African Americans:
The Patteson Projects provided many opportunities for us (young Black males) to make other choices (other than becoming young absent fathers) that would ruin our long-term prospects. Cocaine trafficking was rising and many of our friends were committing petty crimes. Violence was already increasing in our neighborhoods, (p. 2)
My mother forbade us to “hang out” at night. On warm nights I would see a group of boys or young men hanging out under my window, laughing, smoking, ...