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Elena Quintana, Ph.D, Executive Director, Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice
WBEZ-FM Features Dr. Quintana
for Continued Conversation
on the Image of the Black Male

WBEZ-FM public radio in Chicago recently initiated an ongoing conversation on its weekday "Afternoon Shift" program about the image of the black male. As WBEZ shares on its "Afternoon Shift" page about the start of the conversation:

"Our guest then, Philip Jackson, executive director of the Black Star Project youth mentoring and educational program made a provocative statement that resonated with us: 'When they are young--when they are under three or four--young black men are cute. ‘These are cute little babies.’ But when they grow up and they get to be 17, 18, 19, this world, the city I live in...they look at young black men as being dangerous.

"For many black people, this strikes at two historic subsets of the race question: the link--real and imagined--between black men and crime, and what often comes next: The need for black people, often young men, to be prepared to justify their presence in any given situation because of that perceived danger."

To continue the discussion, Afternoon Shift host Niala Boodhoo asked the Adler School's Elena Quintana, Ph.D., along with Aaron Atchison, a Whitney Young student and WBEZ intern, and Joshua Wilkes, a recent Whitney Young graduate, to share and examine their perspectives. Dr. Quintana, who discussed root issues related to trauma, public support and more, is a clinical/community psychologist and Executive Director of the Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Exclusion.

Click here to listen to "Afternoon Shift: Black male image."

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