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Equating Black Girls With Bad Attitudes Is Not the Answer

Black girls are disproportionately penalized for arbitrary infractions like having a ‘bad attitude’

II met Stephanie Patton, the principal of a public middle school for girls in Columbus, Ohio, in 2016. At a community meeting, she announced that after a lot of deep reflection and discussion about the…



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Monique W. Morris

Co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute. Author of several books, including Pushout, Black Stats, and Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues.