According to a recent report by the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, black girls are more likely to be punished for being “un-ladylike” and seen by teachers as “loud, defiant, and precocious.”
“The majority of black girls who have been suspended got kicked out for being loud, even if they weren’t being disrespectful,” said Morris, co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, based inOakland, Calif. ”It’s cultural for black girls to speak up, and they are going to fight back if something is wrong.”
Once these girls have gotten in trouble at school, they’re often seen as “the problem.”
Just 60 percent of black females graduate high school in four years compared to 78 percent of white females. Black girls are also three times more likely to receive out-of-school suspensions, according to a report by the Department of Education.
They are also more likely to repeat a grade.
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