Cut Dead But Still Alive

Caring for African American Young Men

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Cut Dead But Still Alive
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Published May 2013

There is hope beyond the “strange and bitter cup” of African American manhood.

To cut dead means to refuse to acknowledge another with the intent to punish. Gregory Ellison says that this is the plight of African American young men. They are stigmatized with limited opportunity for education and disproportionate incarceration. At the same time, they are often resistant to help from social institutions including the church. They are mute and invisible to society but also in their inward being. Their voice and physical selves are not acknowledged, leaving them ripe for hopelessness and volatility. If the need is so great yet the desire for help wanes, where is the remedy? 

Healing can begin by reframing the problem. While cutting someone dead is destructive, it can also serve to prune and repot a disfigured being—giving new possibilities for life. In this provocative book, Ellison shows how caregivers can sow seeds of life, and nurture with guidance, admonition, training, and support in order to help create a community of reliable others serve as extended family.

About the Author

Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II

Gregory Ellison II is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.