By Ricky L. Jones
Expanded and revised version of the 1st publication dedicated exclusively to black fraternity hazing.
Are black males evidently violent? Do they outline manhood in an identical means as their opposite numbers throughout strains of race? Are black Greek-letter fraternities one of the most deadly scholar corporations on American collage and collage campuses? Can their often-dangerous initiation approaches be stopped or maybe changed and, if now not, what will be performed approximately them? during this moment version of Black Haze, Ricky L. Jones takes on those questions and extra. the 1st variation used to be an enlightening and infrequently traumatic exam of yankee men’s quest for reputation, convenience, reaffirmation, and manhood in a global the place their footing is frequently volatile. during this new version Jones not just presents masterful philosophical and moral analyses yet he additionally forces the engagement of a terrifying genuine global method that damages and kills scholars with all too common regularity. With a revealing new preface and gorgeous afterword, Jones immerses the reader in an fascinating and darkish international marked by means of hypermasculinity, unapologetic brutality, and occasionally demise. He bargains a compelling ebook that levels well past the topic of hazing—one that yields confusing questions and calls for tricky offerings as we stream ahead in addressing concerns surrounding fraternities, violent hazing, black males, and American society.
“Black Haze is a landmark learn on hazing tradition inside of black Greek-letter companies. With an insider’s eye and scholar’s contact, Jones masterfully captures the emic contours, complexities, and contradictions of black fraternity hazing as ritual act and cultural perform. this article is right away rigorous and available, theoretical and sensible, vintage and pressing. a person drawn to figuring out hazing, masculinity, BGLOs, or black cultural perform needs to learn this book!” — Marc Lamont Hill, coauthor of The lecture room and the mobilephone: Conversations on Black lifestyles in America
“Black Haze is a compelling survey of black Greek-letter firms, their historical past, goal, and their so much damning traditions. this is often an exam of the way the virtues of brotherhood and civic carrier coexist with brutal violence and cruelty inside the various oldest organisations in black the USA. Professor Jones has produced an essential contribution a couple of the most important and enduring problem.” — William Jelani Cobb, writer of The Substance of desire: Barack Obama and the ambiguity of Progress
“Ricky Jones’s Black Haze is a crucial learn of black male id improvement. through interpreting black men’s dating with fraternities, he uncovers higher and brilliantly penetrating insights into problems with masculinity and political identification between African American men in the post-civil rights era.” — Peniel E. Joseph, writer of Waiting ’Til the hour of darkness Hour: A Narrative heritage of Black energy in America
“Black Haze is a riveting coup de grâce opposed to ritualized violence in black fraternities. the second one variation of Black Haze is the main penetrating, illuminating, and articulate sociopolitical and cultural research of the chilling legacy of violence in black Greek-letter fraternities. As one of many world’s top experts on black masculinity and organisations, Ricky Jones intelligently confronts conventional verities, social norms, and myths that search to justify and proceed ritualized violence in black fraternities in the course of the brave prism of a reformed insider devoted to the maintenance of black dignity and life.” — Jeremy I. Levitt, writer of Black girls and foreign legislations: planned Interactions, events and Actions
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21 For all its positives, Ross’s historical piece (by Old Problem, New Approach 23 design) was simply that—an endeavor in historicism. The Divine Nine made no real effort to examine the underpinnings of hazing within BGFs. The definitive study on hazing to date continues to be Nuwer’s Broken Pledges, which was written more than a decade ago. Although Nuwer mentions BGFs in one section of his work, he only gives serious attention to the death of Joel Harris at Morehouse College. He too fails to deal adequately with what produced and sustains hazing in these organizations.
As one group formed, others were organized to compete. Students wanted control over their lives and desired to create organizations that would complement and enhance what they learned in the classroom because college life at the time included highly structured days, meager physical environs, and inflexible rules and regulations. Fourth, all these groups were highly secretive. Faculty felt threatened by these groups and would enforce retribution on members whenever possible through a variety of means—including expulsion.
27 He found out when he became one of the few invited to join the group. ”28 Be this as it may, the membership of this organization (whose average age is around sixty) is quite impressive as far as notoriety is concerned. It includes figures such as former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder, Chief Judge A. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan, former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, past NAACP Director Benjamin Hooks, and the late Ron Brown and W. E. B. DuBois. The Boule has not been threatened by assertions of violent behavior because its selection process has never included a traditional pledge period.