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Black girls are being kicked out of the nation’s schools at alarming rates.

In every state across America, Black girls are twice as likely to be suspended from school as white girls, according to a new report from the National Women’s Law Center.

The reason: Racist and sexist stereotypes fostered by narrow-minded educators and school officials.

In its new report, “Stopping School Pushout for Girls of Color,” the group compiled education data from every state.

“It’s official: schools are pushing Black girls out of the classroom in every single state,” according the group’s website. “Research tells us that girls are facing extremely high rates of harassment and violence, discrimination, trauma, and stereotyping. How have schools and policymakers responded? By implementing girl-centered policies, supports, or resources? No. By suspending girls.”

It’s a troubling pattern: Black girls are nearly six times more likely to be suspended than white girls and Black girls usually receive more multiple suspensions, more than any other race of gender of students.

Consider this stunning statistic: In the District of Columbia, where Black girls represent 73 percent of girls enrolled in school, Black girls are nearly 18 times more likely to be suspended than white girls.

Eighteen times.

In New Jersey schools, Black girls are more than eight times more likely to be suspended than white girls. In Michigan, Black girls are 6.7 times more likely to be suspended; 5.2 times more likely to be suspended than white girls in Georgia; and 4.9 times more likely to be suspended in Utah. In Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, Black girls are nearly nine times more likely than white girls to be suspended.

Racial bias was the only reason offered for this pattern of mistreatment.

“Stereotypes of Black girls and women as ‘angry’ or aggressive, and ‘promiscuous’ or hyper-sexualized can shape school officials’ views of Black girls in critically harmful ways,” the authors of the report wrote.

The report said Black girls are more often punished for their interaction with teachers.

“Ironically, the quality of assertiveness generally has led to positive public perceptions of black women in leadership roles,” the authors wrote. “However, in the school setting, assertiveness can often be misidentified as ‘talking back’ or ‘defiance,’ which puts them at greater risk for inequitable discipline.”

The report says all girls of color — Black girls, Latina girls, and Native American girls — are disproportionately suspended from school compared to their white peers. The disproportionate discipline rates result in lost class time and increased school pushout.

“Black girls face high and disproportionate suspension rates across the country – and it’s not because they are misbehaving more frequently than other girls,” Neena Chaudhry, director of education at the women’s law center, told reporters. “This uneven discipline is often the result of deeply ingrained racist and sexist stereotypes that push Black girls out of school.”

So what should be done to correct this serious problem in the nation’s schools?

The report recommends educating teachers about bias and enforcing policies that deter discrimination. The group also says school funding in minority areas should be increased.

But ultimately, America’s teachers and school administrators will have to change the culture of classrooms that foster detrimental stereotypes of Black girls. It’s a vexing concern with overcrowded schools, underpaid teachers and dwindling resources.

And here’s what’s worse: Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Education Secretary, may not have the capacity to address a problem that focuses on race – or perhaps she doesn’t care.

What do you think?

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16 thoughts on “Wake Up Call: Black Girls Suspended Twice As Much As Whites

  1. Marilyn on said:

    No doubt about it, black females are subjected to stereotyping and discrimination like no other ethnic group. But it is high time we faced the ugly truth in our community – we have a lot of young people with behavior challenges that keep them from excelling. I know because I am an educator and I know first hand the struggle I have to keep students focused enough to learn. Many of our girls need help. Girls fight as much or more than the boys. They are distespectful and get angry when asked to do their work. I often have to send some girls out of the room because they are very disruptive even after I have given them time to regroup. Very little learning occurs because an inordinate time is spent on discipline. In many cases mother’s are just as bad as the students. If we don’t start addressing this issue out future looks bleak.

  2. SheCat54 on said:

    Time to separate from the peckerwoods it is time. That’s what they want and that’s what we brown skins need. They keep us down so they can keep doing the same crap to us over and over again.

  3. SheCat54 on said:

    I work in the school system and believe it or not the peckerwood kids are the WORST IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. They don’t want to listen to brown skins because they fill they don’t have to because of the lousy way they are being raised ( like cave people). STOP with all this stereotypical crap!! and face the facts your fu** kids are ghetto, bad, dumb, crooks, liars and nasty.

    • Porsha on said:

      I hear you sista. I work in a school system too and have to deal with these privileged peckerwoods everyday too. What school system you in? I’m in Decateur, Indiana

  4. SheCat54 on said:

    The real problem is OUR KIDS ARE TIRED OF BEING THOUGHT BY THESE UNSKILLED WHITE TEACHERS. They don’t want to teach our children because they don’t know how. They are teaching the same old lame crap that we really didn’t learn anything from when we were in school. Just a reminder of SLAVERY. I work with peckerwoods everyday and they do not like dealing with our children and they do treat them different. They are so harsh and always expecting our children to do bad but I see the white kids causing more problems and giving staff a hard time. Peckerwoods are the worst parents ever!!!!

  5. Mac Ben on said:

    C’mon now…its not racism it is a fact that whomever is disruptive is getting suspended. Stop with the bullsh!t.

  6. Stephanie on said:

    I do agree, however these kids must learn to be respectful to adults/teachers. They’re there to learn, not battle it out with their teachers, let their parents fight their battle

  7. If they are not handcuffing our children in schools-they are suspending the young girls of color for minor infractions.

    Suspensions are a red flag on any student’s record. School officials know this-which is why they do what they do.

    All this damn country wants to do is INCARCERATE us!!!!!!!!
    Amerykahs prisons are the new PLANTATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

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