The amount of times black girls are likely to get suspended in schools across the country due to dress code compared to white girls
Black parents also have to worry about their children being harassed, bullied or publicly humiliated by adults. "When bullying is racially motivated, there are additional potential consequences—the child may internalize the messages of their bullies and come to feel that being black is a negative characteristic!"
In 2017, a study by Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality found that adults see black girls as appearing older, more developed, and more sexually aware than white girls, even when they are the same age.
Blackout: The Miseducation of Black Girls is a podcast series focused on the exploration and awareness on how the education system has contributed to existing stereotypes that perpetuate negative images and experiences for black female students in schools from Pre-K - college.
The sexual objectification of black girls' hair, skin, and body may have later academic and social implications that are often overlooked and unexplored. We want to provide a clear understanding of how the education system has contributed to existing stereotypes of the black female as angry and sexual beings by the enforcement of unfair dress and hair code policies and the implementation of inequitable discipline practices for violations of these policies.
A variety of voices on this issue will be explored and shared so that we can start acknowledging the problem, identifying when it happens, and working on a solution. The conversations MUST turn into action if we are to give black girls a fighting chance to live, grow, and thrive.
Carletta S. Hurt is a passionate educator and a fierce youth advocate with over two decades of serving young people through education and empowerment programs. She is the founder of IN THE LOOP Program of Success, a youth development company, which provides ongoing, engaging programs to empower, educate and elevate young people. She wants the spirit, love, and tenacity of black girls to be acknowledged, celebrated, protected, and respected. Black girls deserve that and more!
We are looking for a few good women to support our program.
We want every black girl (and woman) to hear and speak her truth!
Season One is in the works! We need everyone to make it successful!