The New York Times piece illustrates an observation few are willing to discuss and focus within realms such as U.S. legislation and academia. Let's not forget to mention the overarching implications related to the criminal justice and judicial systems within the country as well. Within the field of education I have, along side many great scholars, attempted to define the implications for Black males as they related to the historical and contemporary ramification of being within a system initially intended for White males only. Overall, we have attempted to tell the stories of Black males from both a quantitive and qualitative perspective as they relate to the effects of institutionalized racial oppression. But overall, these stories are largely ignored through the need to focus on Blacks as one monolithic group. This tendency allows for issues specifically related to Black males to be washed out. As Ralph Ellison emphasizes within Invisible Man ( 1952), they indeed become "Invisible."
Terence Fitzgerald Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work
Clinical Associate Professor focused on policy, family and children, social inequality, and institutional racism.