Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
1 STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE
2A BLUES FOR BLACK GIRLS WHEN THE ATTITUDE IS ENUF
3 JEZEBEL IN THE CLASSROOM
4 LEARNING ON LOCKDOWN
5 REPAIRING RELATIONSHIPS REBUILDING CONNECTIONS
APPENDIX A GIRLS WE GOT YOU
Resources and Programs for African American Girls
APPENDIX B ALTERNATIVES TO PUNISHMENT