factor feeds stereotypes and perceptions of the roles, responsibilities and intentions of men of color in their respective communities.
Given the pervasiveness of these media depictions, this paper contends that stories and pictures are relevant and vital to counterbalance the consistently negative and shallow messages about men and boys of color. Stories and pictures inform our perspectives, deepen our analyses and influence our decisions, as individuals and as institutions.
Writer and philanthropy expert Loren Harris coined the term marginalized males to describe and define the “de jure discrimination and contemporarily de facto bias on the basis of race and gender” that males of color have
underscored by describes the that contribute
Mr. Harris’ definition aptly structural impediments to the grossly negative life
of men of
philanthropy and the nonprofit sector strategies to ameliorate the historical and inequitable structures described.
Ford Foundation’s recent report, Momentum
(Ford Foundation, framework of a
2009), Race +
Expanding on GrantCraft’s racial equity lens,
Harris, Loren. Marginalized Males: An Analysis of Racial Hierarchies, Gender Constructions and Opportunities for Black Males in America. Forthcoming.
a Race + Gender Lens embraces the concept of simultaneity developed by feminist scholars. According to the concept’s adherents, individuals experience their racial, gender
racial identity from their gender identity. A Mexican American woman, for instance, experiences her life both as Latina and female at the same time. As do Black males, or transgender Asian Americans. This report also applies the Race + Gender Lens and its concept of simultaneity with the aim of better understanding marginalized males.
A growing body of research, policy, advocacy and practice has organized around combating the consistently negative life outcomes of males of color and proposed community, philanthropic and policy solutions to these disparate outcomes. National organizations such as the 2025 Campaign (www.2025bmb. org) and Public Private Ventures (www.ppv.
org) have national
organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of males of color. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (www.cbcfinc.org), Center for Law and Social Policy (www.clasp.
org) and Joint Center (www.jointcenter.org) leaders in identifying
for Political Studies have been national policy reforms and