Tired of Being Black offers a fresh perspective on the negative struggles and stereotypes of the black race from a man who personified most of them growing up and then turned his life around to become a public school teacher, a basketball coach, and a positive role model to hundreds of students and athletes.
In his book, Jordan draws heavily from his experiences growing up in an urban black neighborhood largely defined by gunshots, violence, stolen cars, teen pregnancy, and welfare. Raised with two brothers and a sister by a single mother, Rodney disrespected and rebelled against all authority figures in his life, eventually finding himself forced out of the house at the age of twelve. Jordan was faced with transforming his life or continuing on the path of so many he knew—the path to prison.
With refreshing honesty, Tired of Being Black exposes negative stereotypes that black males like the young Rodney Jordan often perpetuate through their actions, reactions, and lack of actions. The book’s free verse format makes it an easy—but powerful—read for young men and women of all races who want to understand how cultural perceptions can be formed through the eyes of those looking in from the outside.
Targeted Age Group:: 13 – 18
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Growing up as a troubled youth in an urban area, I found myself fitting most stereotypes that typically define many young African American males. I spent most of my time in school trying to be the class clown, refusing to do my assignments, and rebelling against most authority figures. In high school, though, I began to turn my life around thanks to my tenth grade History teacher. Today, I fight to keep other young man from the path of devastation. Instead I encourage them to be better people in all aspects of life.
About the Author:
Rodney Jordan has a master’s degree in new professional studies from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Norfolk State University. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Jordan now lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area where he is an elementary reading and math interventionist. He has also taught grades four and six in his current school district and eighth grade math in New York City. Tired of Being Black is his first published work.
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