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Thu May 16, 2019, 04:26 PM

A new report shows how racism and bias deny black girls their childhoods

From Vox

“Black girls are not getting the benefits of being viewed as innocent.”

Researchers with the Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity at Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality spoke directly to black girls and women across the country about how they are forced to deal with harmful perceptions — like that black girls are more mature and less in need of protection than other students — from a young age.

This phenomenon, which the researchers refer to as “adultification bias,” was examined in a 2017 report from the same team. The latest report builds on those findings by including the lived experiences of black women and girls. It’s also worth noting that many of the women cited in the report recalled dealing with the same sorts of issues in their childhoods, showing that this is far from a new problem.

According to participants in the Georgetown study, which was released on Wednesday, “when Black girls express strong or contrary views, adults view them as challenging authority or, more fundamentally, simply assume a girl’s character is just plain ‘bad.’”

This bias also likely plays a role in the increasing use of discipline against black girls in the classroom, by law enforcement, and in interactions with authority figures, even though they are no more likely to misbehave than white girls.


This just riles the hell outta me.

angrily, aggressively, disrespectfully and defiantly,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 09:12 PM

1. This news item needs more recs and discussion.

Especially since the Democratic party counts on the votes of black women to win elections. We should show interest in learning about these experiences.

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Response to BlueWI (Reply #1)

Fri May 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

3. What you say. We have to try harder. n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 09:43 PM

2. K and R

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