A NEW REPORT TAKES ON INEQUALITIES THAT FURTHER HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR A 'MY SISTER’S KEEPER’ EFFORT FOR OUR YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS
By MONIQUE W. MORRIS
Did you know that Black girls are often steered away from rigorous math and science courses in high school, which has later repercussions on their experiences in college and beyond? Or that, compared to White girls, Black girls receive less support from teachers to engage in physical activity? And that Black girls are suspended from school at a rate that is six times higher than their White female counterparts?
These statistics are included as part of a compelling new report, Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls, released last week by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF). The report presents a powerful description of the conditions affecting the learning and economic opportunities of Black girls and young women, offering not just a snapshot of current conditions, but a discussion of how Black women and girls have shaped the nation’s commitment to equal educational opportunity for all children.
Black women are often thought to be “fine” in our dominant discourses on education. However, this report suggests that our communities need to pull back the layers a bit more to uncover the discrimination, bias, and victimization that plague the learning environment for too many Black girls in American schools.