Racialized Gender Identites

Racialized Gender Identity in African American Children
Janaia Sledge-Maith
South University
SOC 1001
July 4, 2015

Racialized Gender Identity in African American Children
The social structure of society has played a huge role on the identity of African American people. We failed to realize that not only does the misrepresentations of race and gender effect the African American community as a whole, but it also has a great impact on their children. The creation of multiple identities due to their ascribed status from society has put a strain on African American youth as to who they are and what it means to be a black man or black woman in today’s times.   In this paper, we will explore a study that was performed with African American children; to get a better understanding of their struggle with racialized gender identity.
African American children battle everyday trying to know and understand their true authentic self. From the times of slavery until now, society has corrupted what it means to “be black.”   This corruption has resulted in African American children falling as victims of the racialized gendered roles that were defined for them by society. (Fanon, 1967, p.116)
The research methods used to conduct the two studies were a series of participant observations, questionnaires, and also one on one interviews. They figured having so many different methods would help heighten the study’s validity; as Eisner would call it “structural corroboration…the confluence of multiple sources of evidence or the recurrence of instances that support a conclusion.” (Eisner, 1991) The first part of study consisted of boys and girls from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade. These students were all a part of an after school program. The second study consisted of an older group of boys and girls within the ages of 10-18 years old; this study focused on a church youth program. It is said that environments with major social interactions such as communities, schools, and religious...