The majority of conversations about racial disproportionality in school discipline have focused on black males. Oftentimes, black girls have been left out of these conversations. Black girls face obstacles both similar to and different from those of their male counterparts. When compared to their white female peers, black girls are more likely to be subjected to exclusionary discipline than black males when compared to their white male peers.
Despite the fact that black girls are the fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system, there is very little research highlighting the short and long-term effects of overdiscipline and push-out on girls of color. Furthermore, the disproportionate suspension and expulsion rates for black girls is an overlooked crisis that not only affects their life opportunities but also the well-being of their families, communities, and society as a whole. (Crenshaw, Kimberlé. Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected (2015).
Black girls are suffering, let’s show them that we care. Help us raise awareness on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr about the impact of zero-tolerance policies and punitive disciplinary practices on black girls. Join our Thunderclap on March 9. 2016 at 5:51pm.
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