By Ricky L. Jones
Expanded and revised version of the 1st publication dedicated exclusively to black fraternity hazing.
Are black males clearly violent? Do they outline manhood in an analogous means as their opposite numbers throughout traces of race? Are black Greek-letter fraternities one of the most deadly scholar agencies on American collage and collage campuses? Can their often-dangerous initiation techniques be stopped or maybe converted and, if no longer, what could be performed approximately them? during this moment version of Black Haze, Ricky L. Jones takes on those questions and extra. the 1st version was once an enlightening and infrequently tense exam of yank men’s quest for recognition, convenience, reaffirmation, and manhood in an international the place their footing is usually risky. during this new version Jones not just offers masterful philosophical and moral analyses yet he additionally forces the engagement of a terrifying actual international method that damages and kills scholars with all too widespread regularity. With a revealing new preface and gorgeous afterword, Jones immerses the reader in an exciting and darkish international marked via hypermasculinity, unapologetic brutality, and occasionally dying. He deals a compelling ebook that levels well past the topic of hazing—one that yields complicated questions and calls for tough offerings as we circulate 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 instantaneously rigorous and obtainable, theoretical and functional, vintage and pressing. an individual attracted to realizing hazing, masculinity, BGLOs, or black cultural perform needs to learn this book!” — Marc Lamont Hill, coauthor of The lecture room and the cellphone: Conversations on Black lifestyles in America
“Black Haze is a compelling survey of black Greek-letter enterprises, their background, function, and their such a lot damning traditions. this can be an exam of the way the virtues of brotherhood and civic provider coexist with brutal violence and cruelty inside of the various oldest companies in black the United States. Professor Jones has produced a necessary contribution a couple of an important and enduring problem.” — William Jelani Cobb, writer of The Substance of wish: Barack Obama and the anomaly of Progress
“Ricky Jones’s Black Haze is a vital examine of black male id improvement. through reading black men’s dating with fraternities, he uncovers greater and brilliantly penetrating insights into problems with masculinity and political id between African American men in the post-civil rights era.” — Peniel E. Joseph, writer of Waiting ’Til the nighttime Hour: A Narrative heritage of Black strength in America
“Black Haze is a riveting coup de grâce opposed to ritualized violence in black fraternities. the second one version 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 enterprises, Ricky Jones intelligently confronts conventional verities, social norms, and myths that search to justify and proceed ritualized violence in black fraternities during the brave prism of a reformed insider devoted to the renovation of black dignity and life.” — Jeremy I. Levitt, writer of Black girls and foreign legislations: planned Interactions, activities and Actions
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The number of college graduates began to escalate for the next thirty years with the northern schools again taking the lead. These institutions graduated some 194 African Americans by 1895. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) led the way with seventy-five black graduates. The History of Black Greek-Letter Fraternities 31 The Exclusion of Blacks from White Greek Life Student life, in and outside the classroom, for this new influx of AfricanAmerican collegians provides the backdrop for the establishment of BGFs.
They came into being because many literary societies ultimately fell under faculty influence. The first such secret college society was the Flat Hat Club founded in 1750. Thomas Jefferson was a member of this organization, which is believed to have thrived for at least twenty years. After 1772, no record is found of the Flat Hat Club existing. A. Society, founded in 1751, was the first society to use the letters of its motto as its name. The members of this organization are reported to have had little regard for scholarship and preferred the more social aspects of college fraternities.
25 Sigma Pi Phi was established in 1904 in Philadelphia by black men who had already been graduated not only from college, but also from graduate and professional schools. These graduates were already the elite of the black community in that they were doctors and dentists. The fraternity was organized so that the tiny number of black men with graduate degrees could network with each other and help younger men. ”26 Major recalls that as a young man he would see older men in the community as they quietly left to attend monthly meetings.
Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities (African American Studies) by Ricky L. Jones