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The Center on Poverty and Inequality at the Georgetown University Law Center (GLCP) published a report this past Tuesday (June 27th), which was based on the school’s recently completed study about how society is denying the pristine status of childhood when it comes to America’s black girls.
The GLCP study’s report classifies this societal robbery of innocence affecting black American girls as “adultification.” The GLCP report is titled Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood. The research team that conducted this GLCP study was led by Rebecca Epstein, the Executive Director of the GLCP.
Epstein was also the lead author of the new GLCP report on this sobering issue that many racial equality critics deny exists. “What we found is that adults see black girls as less innocent and less in need of protection as white girls of the same age,” Epstein was quoted as saying in an official press release from Georgetown University.
“This new evidence of what we call the ‘adultification’ of black girls may help explain why black girls in America are disciplined much more often and more severely than white girls – across our schools and in our juvenile justice system,’” Epstein went on to say.
The study by Epstein and her colleagues utilized the application of statistical analysis to build a survey, which was taken by 325 adults. These individuals came from various backgrounds and had a diverse ethnic makeup. They were selected based on an online service, which focused on attaining typical members of America’s adult population.
“Black girls are regarded as older and less innocent than white counterparts, a bias that particularly affects girls between the ages of 5 and 14,” wrote Maureen Downey, an author and journalist who writes for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper. Downey penned her own compelling editorial about this damning study, which was published Tuesday (June 27th).
The survey data revealed that a majority of adults felt that black girls in early childhood and adolescence know more about $ex than their white counterparts. The data also showed that black girls regularly get classified as being much older than their white counterparts on average.
The research conducted by the GLCP on this matter is the first-ever of its kind. In the study report’s conclusion, the authors offer suggestions for comprehensive formulas, which are based on finding solutions to this growing societal problem.
“New studies are needed to determine the causal links between adultification of Black girls and punitive treatment in child-serving public sectors and to investigate differences in results among various age brackets,” reads the report’s conclusion.
“Future research should also examine whether the same or similar forms of bias is manifested against other girls of color,” the conclusion also reads.
Research results like these vitalize the position that black girls and boys nowadays more than ever must have a homeschool curriculum or a homeschool curriculum supplement, which accurately educates them about the breadth and width of who they really are; not what society is painting them to be.