A Separate Class of Boys
The Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and other strange political bedfellows champion the black-male led effort to open ABMS. This chapter uses these bedfellows to outline the simultaneously anti-feminist and anti-racist claim -- that black boys are oppressed by racist, white women teachers -- behind the push for ABMS. The rest of the chapter highlights feminists’ contention that these schools obscure black girls’ oppression. It also examines ABMS’ emergence against the backdrop of historically black colleges, industrial schools, and other single-gender schooling for black males. The chapter ends by contextualizing pro-ABMS discourse within feminist debates about the merits of making experience-based claims and by positing policy discourse analysis as the best means of understanding ABMS’ complex politics.
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