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This booklet introduces Africana Cultures and coverage reports as an interdisciplinary box of analysis, rooted within the ancient adventure of individuals of African descent and concentrating on coverage improvement, anlaysis, and useful program.

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American policy approaches to black Americans face similar challenges. 54 The Rwandan genocide provides an excellent example to begin that discussion. In troubleshooting the roots of the Clinton administration’s complacency during the Rwandan genocide, one must deal squarely with how knowledge of African people (black American or otherwise) is acquired and processed. The source of much of American knowledge on Africa (and arguably black Americans) has been based on journalism. An Irish journalist, Fergal Keane stated that news agencies generally lacked the detailed analysis or historical context for coverage of Rwanda and suggested: Where television is concerned, African news is generally only big news when it involves lots of dead bodies.

The early media accounts of the effects of crack fueled these stereotypes. ”30 The support for a national crime control policy stemmed most recently from Richard Nixon’s law and order ticket but had found earlier roots in the rhetorically rampant Goldwaterism of the Johnson era. Goldwater’s paranoia about black rebelliousness in the rioting and civil unrest of the post–civil rights generation was popular political ammunition for the Nixon administration and now was reloaded into Reagan’s rifle but under slightly different circumstances.

NATHANIEL NORMENT JR. functions of theory in African American studies are to provide a general orientation to the important concepts central to the discipline; establish parameters regarding form and content; formulate empirical generalizations by fusing qualitative and quantitative methods and; utilize different paradigms and disciplinary modifications in the interplay of theory and practice. See Phillip T. K. Daniel’s “Theory Building in Black Studies” in The African American Studies Reader, 461–468.

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