A Search Past Silence

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A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men. By David E. Kirkland. (New York, NY 10027: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2013. Vii + 187pp. (Acknowledgment, Notes, Reference, Index, About the Author) $39.95, ISBN 978-0-8077-5407-8 David Kirkland wanted people to understand what African American are going through on a daily base. Most blacks are seen going into school and often to prison. They are suspend from school more often than a white student and for longer period of time. David voice how in 2003 70 percent of Black 4th grade boys read below the level, compared to 27 percent of White children. Black males perform more poorly on literacy test than do other students. Starting from an early age, it has become known that Black males are confronted with a series of barriers that make it more challenging for them to achieve academic and social success. The story David shared was dealing with six friends that was able to help us understand not only the ways in which Black males are literacies, but also the whys and how’s Black males had to deal with life as a African American. He spoke about being silence which means having little to no voice to be able to speak your opinion or views on things. David Kirkland states that, “We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of the supreme Love.” There is a lack of silence in Black males today that interconflict with a variety of things. They are afraid that people will judge them and think little of them because of the stereotypes that are placed on them in today’s society. They just need guidance from a strong male figure that has been through what they are experiencing now as young males. Silence as a theory would clarify those erasures in lines of texts made invisible only through a larger force at work
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