Raising Black Sons

Goals for raising Black Sons

  • Promoting Self determination
  • Encouraging Self Affirmation
  • Fostering collective responsibility
  • Discovering purpose
  • Exploring Black identity 

The Challenges

  • Fear
  • Negative media representation
  • Low expectations
  • Negative peer groups/limited positive role models
  • Generational trauma
  • Inflexible Blackness or masculinity
  • Poor coping strategies
  • Increased experience of mental health issues  

The Opportunities

  • The resilience in Blackness
  • The power of relationships
  • The misguidedness of numbers
  • The worth of example
  • The value of history
  • The strength of faith
  • The influence of family

The Focus

  • Black identity development
  • Relationship building skills
  • Emotional processing and expression skills
  • Flexibility in masculinity performance
  • Social adaptation skills

The Tools

Exposure

  • Black and African culture
  • Different forms of Blackness and masculinity

Assertiveness training

Identity development

  • “Who am I?, Am I who I say I am?, Am I all I ought to be?”

Coping strategies for racism and discrimination

  • Bridging
  • Code switching
  • Buffering
  • Attachment-bonding

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