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Study: For Behavioral Problems, Black Students See Cops, Whites See Docs
A new study shows that behavioral problems at school lead to criminalization for black students, and medicalization for white students.

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A study in the latest issue of Sociology of Education found what many parents already know: When black students exhibit behavioral problems at school, administrators are more likely to call the police than to secure medical interventions. In fact, the study found that the more black students who attend a school, the more likely the people in charge are to call the police, rather than a doctor. It also revealed that schools with larger populations of black students have overall higher suspension rates, while their whiter counterparts had more kids enrolled in special needs programs. Schools with large Hispanic populations were less likely to call the either the police or a doctor.

The hyper-criminalization of black children, and the utter neglect of Hispanic children.

This especially hits home because I’ve actually experienced this. Won’t go into details, but the school-to-prison pipeline is real for black kids and black schools.

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Married at 10:00am. At risk of being fired at 2:00pm. The chance of eviction at 4:00pm. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans that live in one of the 31 states lacking LGBT non-discrimination protections, this could be a harsh reality.

Currently, millions of Americans are subjected to uncertainty and potential discrimination that impacts their safety, their family and their way of life — for no other reason beyond their sexual orientation or gender identity.  

HRC is leading the fight to pass the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination bill introduced in Congress. The Equality Act would provide explicit, permanent protections for LGBT people in many of the most important aspects of their lives

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Lessons from my first year teaching #4

Students of color in low income communities are so over-tested that it borders educational malpractice.

It especially happens when there are outside organizations, programs and initiatives that come into state assigned “under-performing” schools in “high needs” areas (translation: schools with a majority-minority population in low income areas with low standardized test scores).

The result? School districts, school leaders and teacher take all this pressure and project it onto kids. I’ve seen way to many students cry, have panic attacks and meltdowns when presented with a test. I understand that school is hard and students need to “show grit” when things get difficult, but when crying is a common response to taking a test - there needs to be a systemic change in how we approach assessing student growth. 

And it just isn’t fair that the students only undergo this because they live in a low income area with a high population of black and brown students.

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Not every crime is a race issue. Stop trying so hard to find racism you have to make shit up.

Not everything that makes your life uncomfortable is a gender issue.

Not every problem you experience is due to oppression.

Not every single issue anyone ever has with you is solely due to transphobia/homophobia.

Have you ever considered you’re just being met with so many problems because you’re being an intolerable whiny jerk?

This Is The Hourly Wage You Need To Afford A 2-Bedroom Apartment Around The U.S.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition released its annual housing report “Out of Reach” earlier this month. The organization calculated the hourly wage a resident would need to earn to afford a moderate, two-bedroom apartment – and the outlook is grim. The report found that a person earning minimum wage in each state cannot afford to spend only 30 percent of income on such an apartment in the U.S.

States with the largest inequality gap between housing income and renter wage for a 2-bedroom apartment here. 

I know people feel as if females always compulsion about dress code, but I think they should rightfully. Sometimes it is very bias. At the high school that I attended (and am about to graduate from) the dress code for females were extremely bias and made no sense at all. We live in south Florida. It is always hot here. They basically ruled out all clothes for girls that kept them cool. Including pants that are above the calf and shirts more than three inches above the elbow. No shorts, no skirts.

I remember one time the guys at our school were so mad about the new dress code and how it was directly aimed at females and noticed how unfair it was, that a group of about 160 of them wore short shorts that didn’t even pass the ‘finger rule’. They stood outside the student affairs office and asked why it was ok for them to wear them but not girls? Females could have been just as distracted as the guys could have been.“ The answer they got was 'because we don’t want female prostitutes walking around the school, and that they need to learn their place.’ A teacher even said that if a girl chose to disobey the code they were asking for whatever could possibly happen to them like rape or a guy forcing themself onto her.

One of the guys then rolled his eyes and was like, "we live in south Florida! If we want to stare at a girl we’ll go to a nude beach! We have plenty. No one is going to see a shoulder or knee and think how sexy that is!”

The problem isn’t that there’s a dress code, the issue was that it was only for females. The only specific rules for guys was no flip flops and you must wear shirts inside classroom.

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5 inequalities female athletes still face — even as world champions 

Despite the U.S. women’s soccer teams’ incredible accomplishment and clear skill, these illustrious players still faced abundant inequality based on their gender alone. And they’re hardly the only ones. Aside from the wage gap and media representation, women soccer players were forced to play in worse conditions.

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Voting matters. Though many Americans believe that voting is either useless or merely a civic duty, in reality it carries huge consequences for the decisions of politicians. There is overwhelming evidence that politicians are more responsive to the preferences of voters than non-voters, and that voting affects government policy. These facts have key implications for policies that disenfranchise individuals who would otherwise vote. Indeed, America’s racialized voting practices continue to disenfranchise the poor and communities of color, robbing them of billions in public funding.

The negative effects of mass-incarceration are even worse than we thought

America’s greatest shame in 2015 is not a piece of cloth. It’s that a black boy has a life expectancy five years shorter than a white boy. It’s that the net worth of the average black household in 2011 was $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to census data. It’s that almost two-thirds of black children grow up in low-income families. It’s that more than one-third of inner-city black kids suffer lead poisoning (and thus often lifelong brain impairment), mostly from old lead paint in substandard housing.