Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black by Ricky L. Jones

By Ricky L. Jones

Expanded and revised variation of the 1st booklet committed completely to black fraternity hazing.

Are black males evidently violent? Do they outline manhood in an identical method as their opposite numbers throughout strains of race? Are black Greek-letter fraternities one of the most deadly scholar companies on American university and college campuses? Can their often-dangerous initiation approaches be stopped or maybe changed and, if no longer, what might be performed approximately them? during this moment variation of Black Haze, Ricky L. Jones takes on those questions and extra. the 1st variation used to be an enlightening and infrequently hectic exam of yank men’s quest for attractiveness, convenience, reaffirmation, and manhood in an international 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 actual international approach that damages and kills scholars with all too common regularity. With a revealing new preface and wonderful afterword, Jones immerses the reader in an fascinating and darkish global marked by means of hypermasculinity, unapologetic brutality, and occasionally dying. He deals a compelling booklet that levels well past the topic of hazing—one that yields confusing questions and calls for tricky offerings as we flow ahead in addressing matters surrounding fraternities, violent hazing, black males, and American society.

Black Haze is a landmark research on hazing tradition inside black Greek-letter businesses. 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 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 corporations, their background, objective, and their such a lot damning traditions. this is often an exam of ways the virtues of brotherhood and civic carrier coexist with brutal violence and cruelty inside a number of the oldest agencies in black the United States. Professor Jones has produced an important contribution a couple of the most important and enduring problem.” — William Jelani Cobb, writer of The Substance of wish: Barack Obama and the ambiguity of Progress

“Ricky Jones’s Black Haze is a vital research of black male identification improvement. via analyzing 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 hour of darkness Hour: A Narrative background of Black energy 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 best specialists on black masculinity and firms, 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 protection of black dignity and life.” — Jeremy I. Levitt, writer of Black ladies and foreign legislation: planned Interactions, activities and Actions

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Up until the 1920s, a lot of freshmen were hazed. They had events known as freshmen rush where the sophomores beat them down as part of this ritual. Colleges eventually decided that this was not good and began phasing it out in the 20s. The practice continued well into the 50s, though. For example, freshmen at Hampton wore beanies in the 50s as a part of this hazing ritual. The Secret Literary Society eventually took the Academic class structure to a different level. These societies were, according to a University Dean of Students and Phi Kappa Tau member, “a response to the strict curriculum management of administrators of the time.

Some members held simulated gang signs as several white female students joined in for pictures. 20 Strangely, the Klan outfit was actually worn by one of the five African-American members of the fraternity. Some members of the fraternity later contended that the party was actually a display of antiracism because the Klan robe was burned later in the night to the uproarious applause of the Tau Kappa Epsilon members. All of these cases are interesting not because of the blackface incidents, which angered most people in the black campus communities at these schools, but because of the white response.

For example, even though the history books of each organization are public documents, many chapters’ members steal them from campus libraries so non-members cannot access them. This strong “gatekeeper” tendency was obviously problematic, so capitalizing on relationships with sympathetic members of these organizations was essential. These groups all have rich traditions of achievement in almost every field of human endeavor. This should not be overlooked, but current trends in the organizations are disturbing to some observers and members.

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