The purpose of this qualitative research study was to understand how a Black male experienced the interview process while seeking a teaching position. The participant and I attempted to answer how race and/or gender played a role in his interviewing experiences. The researcher used a qualitative approach to interview this individual. Data analysis revealed major findings contributing to this Black male’s interviewing experiences: Racism played into the hiring process in subtle ways, and just because this candidate was prepared to teach, that preparation did not guarantee his employment. The findings from this narrative account might prove helpful in understanding why there is currently a shortage of Black male teachers.


Black Males, Discrimination, School, Qualitative

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Dr. Bell is a noted speaker, author, educator, and researcher. He has published peer-viewed articles regarding the education of African-American males as well as various opinion pieces. He most recently appeared in a video entitled: “What does it mean to be a black man?” He currently resides in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Bell received his AAS degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Craven Community College, BA in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University, MA in Counseling and Doctorate in educational leadership, both from Liberty University. Dr. Bell is also a licensed school counselor and social studies teacher. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: http://www.dredbell.com and his email is edbell1906@yahoo.com.

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