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August 03, 2020Adultification Bias

50 Black Women Share What Living In America Feels Like In Three Words

MadameNoire, Natalie Petit-Frere

In this same era, enslaved women could not testify against their masters when they raped them because they’d been deemed inherently promiscuous and therefore incapable of sexual assault –a stigma that still follows us today. Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality conducted a study on the “adultification” of Black girls in 2017, finding Black girls were perceived to be “less innocent, and more adult-like than white girls of the same age, especially in the age range of 5-14.” The study also revealed that adults believe Black girls require less protection, nurturing, and support than white girls and have more knowledge of sex.

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August 03, 2020Adultification Bias

Model Imaan Hammam speaks up about adultification of black girls

Arab News

The two-minute long video was created by the US’s Georgetown University Law Center for an initiative called “Gender Justice and Opportunity” that works to support low-income girls and girls of color.

“In the US, adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers starting as young as five-years-old,” the voiced-over clip said. “All kids make mistakes, but in similar situations, black girls are treated differently. A white girl’s mistakes might be met with sympathy and understanding. But, time after time, black girls are punished instead.”

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July 21, 2020Adultification Bias

Society Has Trained Black and Latinx Girls to Only See Their Worth Through Their Bodies

Yahoo Sports, Jamé Jackson

A 2017 study, co-authored by Jamilia Blake, a professor from Texas A&M University, and Rebecca Epstein of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, found that Black girls between the ages of 5 and 9 are perceived as being much older than they actually are. And, when compared to white girls of the same age, the study suggested Black girls needed less protection, less support and comfort, and knew more about adult topics, like sex.

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July 17, 2020Restorative Justice Practices

More than Reduced Police Presence: Schools Must Commit to Implementing Restorative Justice

National Law Journal, Rebecca Epstein and Thalia Gonzalez

In this historic moment, cities across the nation are recognizing the damage caused by police presence in schools. From disproportionate action in response to small offenses, to police involvement in tantrums and dress code violations, officers militarize school environments in ways that harm all students, but especially students of color. In New York City, the schools chancellor recently announced that police will no longer be called to respond to low-level incidents; districts from Minneapolis to Denver to Portland, Oregon, are taking police out of schools altogether. But the goal must be broader than removing police from school. When students return to classrooms, they will be carrying heavy burdens of trauma and violence. And science shows that trauma can change the very architecture of children’s brains—affecting focus, learning and relationships. Educators and policymakers should expect this, and prepare for it. If we want our schools to be places of healing, safety and health for all children, we need to invest in reconnecting and protecting youth.

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July 17, 2020Restorative Justice Practices

Article – Defunding School Police Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Education Week, Thalia González, Alexis Etow & Cesar De La Vega

It is increasingly clear to all Americans what Black communities have known for generations: Systemic racism not only persists throughout our institutions, laws, and policies, but it negatively impacts physical, psychological, and emotional health. Less evident, however, is that the over-policing and systemic racism we see playing out in the streets, has occurred for decades in our public school system—from a 6-year-old being handcuffed and arrested for a tantrum to a 12-year-old being suspended for sharing an inhaler with an asthmatic friend who could not breathe.

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June 28, 2020Adultification Bias

Article – Why Society Should Stop Calling Black Women Strong

HS Insider – LA Times, Karly Ortiz

In a study by Georgetown Law, they found that adults see Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their White peers. It is not a privilege that Black girls are seen this way, in fact it is the direct opposite. Because there are already discrepancies in law enforcement, the idea that Black girls are “strong” and more mature leads to harsher punishments and more use of force against young Black girls than young White girls.

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June 17, 2020Adultification Bias

Article – How to Keep the Stories of Black Women and Girls Alive Today and Every Day

MadameNoire, Dr. Joiselle Cunningham

Sexual abuse and fatal violence are only part of the many facets of the injustices Black women face. A 2017 report from Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality found that adults view Black girls as more “adult or mature, sexual, and promiscuous” than white girls. Furthermore, there is a perception that Black girls need less “nurturing, protection, and support and are more independent…”

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June 15, 2020Adultification Bias

Article – The Reckoning Will be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls

The Atlantic, Tamara Winfrey-Harris

Why are Black women seen as more threatening, more masculine and less in need of help?” A 2017 study by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality found that adults, regardless of their race or education level, believe that black girls ages 5 to 19 are “less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers,” and need less nurturing, protection, support, and comfort.

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April 17, 2020Adultification Bias

Article – Why Won’t Society Let Black Girls Be Children?

The New York Times, A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

Jamilia Blake, Ph.D., a psychologist and associate professor at Texas A&M University who co-authored the 2019 report “Listening to Black Women and Girls: Lived Experiences of Adultification Bias” and its precursor, the 2017 study “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood,” said adultification impacts black girls early in life.

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March 19, 2020Adultification Bias

Article – Do No Harm: Reflecting on a Legacy of Pain for Black Women and Girls in the United States

The Politic, Isiuwa Omoigui

As the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality reported in 2017, “compared to white girls of the same age (i.e. age range of five to 14), adults perceive that black girls need less protection, know more about adult topics, and know more about sex.” Yet they are seen as too childlike and promiscuous to exercise reproductive autonomy over their bodies.

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March 17, 2020Schools & Pushout for Girls

Article – Making Schools Safe for Girls of Color

Columbia College Today, Rebecca Beyer

This photograph features Dr. Monique W. Morris at the October screening of PUSHOUT, hosted by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Initiative on Gender Justice & Opportunity.

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February 18, 2020Schools & Pushout for Girls

Article – Schools Get Graded on Racial Equity

OZY, Carly Stern

Holding districts accountable and closing the racial achievement gap is the long game, but the first step is proving the problem’s scale. “People want to hear about the evidence,” says Rebecca Epstein, executive director of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, noting that raw DoE data isn’t adequately disaggregated by race and gender. This is where Discriminology comes in. “Traditional school report card platforms are focused heavily on testing,” Pitman says. “We look at everything else.”

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February 11, 2020Adultification Bias

Article – Why the approval of the JCPS Females of Color STEAM Academy brought me to tears

Courier Journal: USA Today Network, Renee Murphy

In a 2017 research article from the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law, “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls Childhood,” authors Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia J. Blake and Thalia Gonzalez wrote that often times black girls are seen as being older, louder and more difficult…I can speak from personal experience. I was always the tallest girl in class and looked older than my peers. People thought I should say certain things, do certain things and carry myself a certain way. I was 10 years old but looked like a teenager, so when I acted like a 10-year-old, people couldn’t understand why, and they were often frustrated. I never quite felt like I fit in.

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February 06, 2020Adultification Bias

Article – Let Black Girls Be Girls Podcast

SLATE, Jamilah Lemieux and Dan Kois

On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by poet, performer, and activist Staceyann Chin to field a question from a mom who’s worried she should give her son a year to grow before he starts kindergarten. Scott Brown, author of the YA novel XL and short guy, calls in to help. The hosts also discuss disproportionate expectations of maturity placed on black girls during childhood. For Slate Plus: a question from a mom wondering if she is can worry about her white son’s experience at a school that has predominantly black and Hispanic students. Sign up for Slate Plus here.

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December 10, 2019Adultification Bias

Article – Why Sexual Assault Survivors Of Color Need Their Own Spaces To Heal

mbgrelationships, Kelly Gonzalves

Research has found the “strong black woman” stereotypes can have significant consequences for black women’s mental health, including higher likelihood of depression and a lower likelihood of seeking out help. A data analysis from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality also found people see young black girls as “less innocent and more adultlike than their white peers” and as being more sexual than young white girls; it also found people believe black girls need less nurturing, protection, comfort, and support. Even the Me Too movement, which was started by and for people of color, didn’t catch mainstream attention until white women started becoming involved with it.

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November 25, 2019Adultification Bias

Article – Protect Black Girls Before It’s Too Late

Washington Square News,Chinenye Onyeike

From a young age, adults hypersexualize and adultify black girls; they’re seen as more mature than their white counterparts and, because of this, adults fail to protect them. The lack of protection allows us to become an ignored demographic; this leads to a world of danger for growing black girls.

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