Girlhood Interrupted: New report shows adults think Black girls need less nurturing

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 08:11:47 AM. Adults think black girls are less innocent, less in need of protection and nurturing, and seem older than similarly aged white girls, according to a new report.
Adults think that black girls are less innocent, less in need of protection and nurturing, and seem older than similarly aged white girls, which could lead to stiffer punishments in school, a new report said Tuesday. The report entitled, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, also said American adults think black girls know more about adult topics and about sex than white girls of the same age. And those perceptions are greater when it comes to younger black girls ages 5-9 and 10-14. The discrepancy continues to a lesser degree with girls ages 15-19. “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,” said Rebecca Epstein, lead author of the report and executive director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at the Georgetown University Law Center. RELATED: 'Pushout' Aims to Stop Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools The study surveyed 325 adults from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds and educational levels across the United States to come up with its results. The Department of Education said in 2014 that black girls are suspended at higher rates than girls of any other race or most boys. The data didn’t explain why the disparities exist or why the students were suspended. PhotoAlto via Getty Images The new report mirrors one by the American Psychological...Read more
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