AAS 264 Black Child in America

The black child in America has been adversely impacted by the unique history of African Americans, principally the unusual circumstances created by slavery and institutional racism over the years. This course seeks to examine how such historical trauma has affected African American children in America. Our discussions will include the crisis of HIV/AIDS in the African American community, the high dropout rate among African American males, the disproportionate number of African American children in foster care, and the absence of fathers and other issues that influence the African American family. Through discussions, class readings, and student presentations, we will strive to interpret how “historical trauma” influences these issues.