Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood

This groundbreaking new study recently released by the Georgetown University Law Center uses comprehensive survey data to show how the perception of black girls by the majority of the public differs from that of their peers. The results show, among many other worrying findings, that black girls are perceived as being older, less in need of nurturing, less in need of protection, and that they know more about adult topics at a younger age. The report shows how these perceptions have profound implications for how black girls are treated in the education and juvenile justice systems relative to their peers of other ethnicities.

Zerline Hughes

Teaching Moment: Police Brutality and Raising a Black Son

What is happening right before our children’s eyes is the very R-rated stuff they’re not allowed to see at the movie theaters. This is the predicament that too many of us black parents are encountering right now with our young kids and teenagers. We find ourselves having to be gravely honest with them.

K-12 Education: Better Use of Information Could Help Agencies Identify Disparities and Address Racial Discrimination

This new report commission by the U.S. Government Accountability Office discusses data concerning the economic and racial make-up of K-12 students in public schools across the nation in an effort to help paint a comprehensive picture of poverty and race in schools. The data shows that the percentage of schools with students who are mostly poor and black or Hispanic is growing quickly and presenting new challenges to school systems. The report highlights these challenges and recommends possible solutions and actions to help these economically and racial disadvantaged students succeed.

Maya-American Youth: A New Population at Risk in the U.S.

Hundreds of thousands or perhaps several million children with Native American Maya heritage have been born in the United States during the past two decades. Some groups of Maya have established strong communities, and Maya children appear to be adjusting and assimilating into the mainstream of their generation.