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Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

2012

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

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This report was published by the African American Policy Forum and the Center For Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School.

HERE’S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:

For girls, as with boys, the failure to receive a high school diploma often places individuals on a pathway to low-wage work, unemployment, and incarceration. The imposition of harsh disciplinary policies in public schools is a well-known risk factor for stunted educational opportunities for Black and Latino boys. Such punishments also negatively affect their female counterparts, as do other conditions in zero-tolerance schools. Yet, the existing research, data, and public policy debates often fail to address the degree to which girls face risks that are both similar to and different from those faced by boys.

This silence about at-risk girls is multidimensional and cross-institutional. The risks that Black and other girls of color confront rarely receive the full attention of researchers, advocates, policy makers, and funders. As a result, many educators, activists, and community members remain underinformed about the consequences of punitive school policies on girls as well as the distinctly gendered dynamics of zero-tolerance environments that limit their educational achievements. Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected endeavors to shine a spotlight on the various factors that direct girls of color down dead-end streets while obscuring their vulnerabilities.

Williams Creshaw, K., Ocen, P., & Nanda, J. (2015). Black girls matter: pushed out, overpoliced and underprotected. African American Policy Forum, and Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies.

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