Recent statistics depict that Black girls are treated more harshly in American schools across the country in comparison to Black boys.
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s analysis of the 2011-2012 school year, Black girls have been suspended six times more often than White girls, compared to Black boys being suspended three times more than that of White boys. Sadly, the numbers are only rising.
Another cruel fact that has come to light is that only 2 percent of White female students were subjected to exclusionary suspensions, compared to 12 percent of Black female students.
This harsh reality is somehow buried, with all the national focus being on the troubled plight of Black boys, as well as initiatives like President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper.”
One reason why the ruthless treatment of Black boys has gained more attention is because the number of suspended Black males is greater than that of Black females.
But a new report by the African American Policy Forum and Columbia Law School, “Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected,” directs the spotlight on Black girls in public schools, paying particular attention to what happens to them in the New York City and Boston school systems.
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