Hidden in the Shadow of Truth
Why Our Black Boys Choose Criminality, Prison, and Enslavement
About the Book
Hidden in the Shadow of Truth was written by Reginald E. Hicks neither to absolve nor to indict black males for their current social condition. It was written, rather, to provide a comprehensive and accurate explanation as to why so many black males seem to be led by the nose toward the prison doors. Why is it that black juveniles consistently outpace their white, Hispanic, and Asian counterparts by a margin of more than 2 to 1 in the commission of murders, aggravated assaults, weapons law violations, forcible rapes, robberies, and motor vehicle thefts? Why is it that blacks account for only 13 percent of the total U.S. population but a full 41 percent of the incarcerated? Hicks explains that the mentality of many black youths is a product of a unique socialization process wherein the family, the school system, the peer group, and the mass media have collectively failed in their responsibilities, making black boys more prone to choosing the path of incarceration or enslavement through criminality. In this exceptional work, Reginald E. Hicks presents “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” letting the chips fall where they may.
About the Author
Reginald E. Hicks has taught sociology and world geography at the high school level for the last fifteen years. He has worked in treatment centers and group homes for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. He's earned master's degrees in theology, African American studies, and secondary education. He resides in Hampton, Virginia.