Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

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New Press, The, Mar 29, 2016 - Education - 256 pages
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Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school.

Just 16 percent of female students, Black girls make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. The first trade book to tell these untold stories, Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures.

For four years Monique W. Morris, author of Black Stats, chronicled the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, administrators, and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond.
 

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

This important and insightful work combines scholarly research with anecdotes in a most effective manner. The stereotype of Black girls as being noisy, disrespectful, and stubborn, the author finds ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan.Macura - LibraryThing

This is an insightful look at what happens to too many black girls in schools today. The author discusses how black girls are often not understood so they are misjudged and accused of criminal-type ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE
16
2A BLUES FOR BLACK GIRLS WHEN THE ATTITUDE IS ENUF
56
3 JEZEBEL IN THE CLASSROOM
96
4 LEARNING ON LOCKDOWN
135
5 REPAIRING RELATIONSHIPS REBUILDING CONNECTIONS
170
EPILOGUE
195
APPENDIX A GIRLS WE GOT YOU
198
Resources and Programs for African American Girls
220
APPENDIX B ALTERNATIVES TO PUNISHMENT
222
METHODOLOGY
243
ACKNOWL EDGMENTS
247
NOTES
250
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Monique W. Morris is the co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and writes a monthly column on black women and girls for Ebony.com. She is the author of Black Stats (The New Press) and lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two daughters.

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