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"Lifting As We Climb": An Exploration of Older Black Men's Willingness to Help Younger Black Men Seeking Work

By Franklin D. McFadden


This exploratory study examines the role that older black men's attitudes play in their willingness to offer job-linking assistance to younger black men. A series of in-depth interviews were conducted with ten black male business owners 35-years-old or older to determine their disposition towards younger black men, their ability to provide job-linking assistance, and their willingness to provide assistance. The study found that despite negative opinions towards their younger counterparts, the older black men in the sample were willing to offer job-linking assistance. However, the men's own problems with perceived discrimination, as well as a troubled economy provide barriers to their do so

Topics: African Americans, Men, Business
Year: 2009
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