The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Justin Coles, 2023 PEP Fellow, was recently published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education for his research: “Storying against non-human/superhuman narratives: Black youth Afro-futurist counterstories in qualitative research"

Coles’s research explores how antiblackness creates distorted images of Black humanness that are used to justify violence against Black youth in schools and society. The social justice education professor shares that Black youth have different stories to tell about their being in the world that stems directly from their lived experiences, sharing Afro-futurist counterstories developed by Black high school students in a summer writing course, which confront antiblackness and disrupt the ways the regime makes educators complicit in seeing Black youth as non-human/superhuman. The research provides insights into Black youth futurity in relation to schooling in an anti-Black world. Read more here.

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