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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

“historically

experienced.”

The

construct

underscored by describes the that contribute

Mr. Harris’ definition aptly structural impediments to the grossly negative life

outcomes

of men of

color. This

construct

also has

important

applications

for how

philanthropy and the nonprofit sector strategies to ameliorate the historical and inequitable structures described.

frame biases

Ford Foundation’s recent report, Momentum

(Ford Foundation, framework of a

2009), Race +

explores

the

Gender

Lens.

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

and

sexual

identities at

the same

time

and

cannot

experientially

separate

their

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

been instrumental

in organizing

community

and

grassroots

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

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