A new campaign and tool-kit for school administrators is quickly spreading around the country to address the over-policing of black and brown girls in schools. In what the National Women’s Law Center is calling a “pushout” a term made mainstream by Ed.D Monique Morris, black girls are being suspended at appalling rates for the same offenses committed by white girls.
Black girls are being kicked-out and suspended for minor offenses such as “having an attitude” or “talking back.” The unfairly skewed suspension rates and harsh punishments are often caused by racial stereotypes and bias.
Some of the accounts of school punishment have made national headlines, such as the South Carolina high school girl that was essentially body-slammed to the ground and dragged across the floor by a cop for sitting in her desk. A seven-year-old black girl in Milwaukee had her hair cut off by her teacher in front of the class because she wouldn’t stop playing with her braids. In Texas, a third-grade girl was sent home because her natural hairstyle was deemed inappropriate according to the school’s dress code. See the above campaign video for these stories and learn more here.