Session Description: Examining social determinants such as education, family, household stability and contextual factors including racial stress and peer relationships which influence the behavioral health and life outcomes of boys and men of color.
Panelists: Dr. Howard Stevenson; Dr. Shantel Meek; Honorable Judge Arthur L. Burnett, Sr.
Dr. Stevenson, professor of Urban Education and Africana Studies of the University of Pennsylvania discussed the issue of racial stress in school. He focused more on the decision making that youth make within 10 to 20 seconds in a conflict and how we need to retrain and refocus youth on how to approach and resolve a conflict within those mere seconds.
There was more that he said but in truth this is something we do need to focus on more. Fact is, if we think of the way children are dealt with in the community, the schools and with law enforcement it’s usually about an issue or conflict that happens within those 10-20 seconds at that moment. Critical indeed especially when you think about Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and so many other young men of color who lives have been tragically impacted based on moment no longer than those 20 seconds.
Judge Burnett is speaking now. I have had the privilege of serving with him on the African American Leadership Advisory Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He is an amazing historian who is giving the audience a deep look into his life as an African American male and his fight for equity and justice. A link to his Bio here.