Economic Cataracts: A Chronicle of Efforts to Remove the Obstacles of Urban Community Engagement and Economic Inclusion
Preston Love Jr.
A clear view of what is,
A hopeful perspective of what could be,
And a realistic vision of how to alter the future.
Preston began his quest for clarity with his return to his beloved hometown of Omaha to be with his ailing mother, Betty Love, in 2006 after the death of his famous father, Preston Love, Sr.
The condition of his section of town, North Omaha, where almost all of the fifty thousand African-Americans live in Omaha was shocking, and became the #1 priority for Love, Jr. Economic Cataracts brings together a collection of position papers and initiatives by the author, directed toward making a difference where a difference is needed. While Preston’s story is based in his hometown, Omaha, Nebraska, there are lessons, there are premises, there are actions, and there is wisdom in these approaches that can apply in every urban setting in America. Preston offers this snapshot as a framework for others to reference.
Scott William Bowman and Nikitah O. Imani
Chapter, The Incarcerative Mentality of Eurocentrism: Prisoner Identification and Jailing the Imperfect Body, authored by Nikita Imani, UNO faculty member.
Low-income African Americans, Latin Americans, and American Indians bear the statistical brunt of policing, death penalty verdicts, and sentencing disparities in the United States. Why does this long-standing inequity exist in a country where schoolchildren are taught to expect "justice for all"? The original essays in this two-volume set not only examine the deep-rooted issues and lay out theories as to why racism remains a problem in our prison system, but they also provide potential solutions to the problem. The work gives a broad, multicultural overview of the history of overrepresentation of ethnic minorities in our prison system, examining white/black disparities as well as racism and issues of ethnic-based discrimination concerning other ethnic minorities. This up-to-date resource is ideally suited for undergraduate students who are enrolled in criminal justice or racial/ethnic studies classes and general readers interested in the U.S. criminal justice system.
Nikitah O. Imani
Head Games is focused on the way in which ethnocentrism and cultural bias can impact public health, and in this case, psychotherapeutic process. It examines a family therapy program being run by a major public university, tied to the criminal justice system and the educational establishment, aiming to reform perceived "dysfunctionality" in homes of the "patients (subjects)." What follows is a tragic comedy of errors in which theory and practice normed in one sociocultural context is applied, or more appropriately, misapplied. This book questions whether we have come as far as we think in the US in terms of calibrating our mental health systems for multicultural sensitivity and perhaps suggests there are limits to how much we can engage in cross-cultural therapy. The book uses an Africa-centered theoretical framework to tease out these systemic incongruities and will hopefully provide guidance for counselors, researchers, and those more generally interested in programmatic evaluation research across cultural lines. The title, Head Games, is an apt metaphor for the manipulation of the program by all of its participants for the purpose of reifying or resisting its inherent definitions of abnormality.
Nedžad Bašić, Anwar H. Siddiqui, and Nikitah O. Imani
Chapter, The War on Jihad: Eurocentrism and Its Thinly-Veiled Attack on Islamic Cultures and Societies, authored by Nikitah Imani, UNO faculty member.
In traditional scholars’ debate, global terrorism, in western literature is solely linked to Islam, predominantly seen as an issue with religious and cultural background. However, this problem is more complex than we can perceive on first view. The issue of global terrorism is essentially linked to structural changes in global economy, rather than to the shaping of global geopolitical models, which took place after the collapse of the Soviet Union, as has been noted in many scholars’ interpretations.
This book focuses the hypothesis that a critical aspect of this issue refers to the relationship between government and society in the era of globalization, rather than to being related to a sense of belonging to civilizations of distinct cultural, historical and religious diversities and different identities. Visible conflict between government and society in the era of globalization is not some kind of a given, but rather is a constructed social-political-economic phenomenon that fits into the general category of social, economic and political competition in the process of globalisation. Observing relationships between government, MNCs, and the global market, this book is focused on rethinking the relationship between global terrorism, which is getting more and more religious exclusiveness, and democracy, which is getting more and more human welfare dimension.
The lack of local governments in Islamic countries effectively causes a response to the challenges of the “global conflict distribution”. The Islamic Global Radical Militant Movement (GIRMM) has appeared as an authentic response to the clash between globalization and democracy by attacking global forces and global institutions as supporters of local futile governments.
This book deals with correspondence between “global wealth distributional conflict” and global terrorism as a new phenomenon in the 21st century.
This book explores potential strategies for conducting multicultural education classes for preservice students. It is proposed that effective strategies must confront issues of Whiteness and White privilege as opposed to those that tend to trivialize multicultural experiences in terms of food, fun and fiestas also known as “Three F’s Multiculturalism”. As an alternative, via a collection of articles and essays, the author proposes a set of criteria that defines the preconditions for an optimal learning environment. Criterion focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions of preservice students and stresses an awareness of whiteness, dominance and subordination, racism, and denial.
Teachers of multicultural education classes must be brought to understand that despite the inevitable hostility from their students and the nearly debilitating discomfort they feel as a result of this, confrontation is necessary and vital to their teacher candidates’ development of a multicultural frame of reference and an ability to construct effective multicultural curricula.
The Adventures of Darrell and the Invincible Man has been nominated for the prestigious National Association of Multicultural Education Outstanding Multicultural Children's Book Award.
Research literature is replete with studies that demonstrate how and why Black children when asked to draw themselves do so almost exclusively by depicting themselves as White. Researchers have concluded that this predilection is the result of the Black child being acculturated in a White racist society. This book explores identity development in minority, particularly Black, youth. This book provides a riveting deconstruction of how minority children adopt the White, western ideal as their self-image and the proper way to make the children themselves aware of their subconscious adoption and how the astute multicultural educator, parents, and anyone interested in identity development in minority, particularly, black youth, can redirect this propensity.
Dr. Omowale Akintunde has published a plethora of research regarding multicultural education, black identity development, white privilege, and how these dynamics impact and influence early childhood education. He is also the author of Multiculturalism and the Teacher Education Experience: Essays on Race, Class, and Culture (iUniverse, 2007). He has served on the Editorial Board of the Official Journal of the National Association of Multicultural Education and is currently serving on the national executive board of the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) and the National Board of Peace Education (NAPE). The Adventures of Darrell and the Invincible Man is certain to become a necessary and celebrated addition to the field of multicultural children's literature.
Keo Cavalcanti, Nikitah O. Imani, Philip Luck, Stephen C. Poulson, Christine Robinson, Debra Schleef, Ron Wilson, and Claire Vincent
Chapter, Globalization? Globaloney! Smells Like Colonialism, authored by Nikitah Imani, UNO faculty member.
Fabio B. Dasilva, David L. Brunsma, Nikitah O. Imani, and Vera Hernan
Chapter, War at 33 1/3: A Pilot Study on the Sociological Effects of Hip-Hop (Rap) Music, co-authored by Nikitah Imani, UNO faculty member.
With essays covering such genres as opera, rap and instrumental music, this work aims to exemplify how music can be analyzed from a socio-cultural perspective. It explores the idea of music itself as a social creation and includes issues such as the social construction of New Age music.
Joe Feagin, Vera Hernan, and Nikitah O. Imani
Co-authored by Nikitah Imani, UNO faculty member.
The Agony of Education is about the life experience of African American students attending a historically white university. Based on seventy-seven interviews conducted with black students and parents concerning their experiences with one state university, as well as published and unpublished studies of the black experience at state universities at large, this study captures the painful choices and agonizing dilemmas at the heart of the decisions African Americans must make about higher education.
Books and monographs by Black Studies Department faculty members are collected here.
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