Black Males and Marginality in America’s Urban Centers: Theorizing Blackness and Media Gatekeepers

  • Felix Kumah-AbiwuEmail author
Part of the Neighborhoods, Communities, and Urban Marginality book series (NCUM)


This chapter examines Black males and the critical question of whether America really cares about the numerous problems facing them. Drawing on the existing literature on Black males, social construction of “Blackness,” and three theories (Critical Race Theory, White Racial Frame, and Stereotype Threat), it is argued the mainstream media not only serve as gatekeeper in the negative construction of Blackness but may also help explain why the challenges facing Black males appear not to be attracting urgent attention. Integrating the three theories provides utility to better understand media gatekeeping and Blackness. The chapter also advances the argument the challenges facing Black males are more likely to attract national attention when a change occurs in media gatekeeping and the construction of Blackness.


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  1. 1.Kent State UniversityKentUSA

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