Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Recommended Reading

This is something I've read about before but is very important, and I want all my friends and readers to know about it. Black children are suspended far more often than white children for similar offenses. There are studies on this, and this is far from the first story I've heard about this shit.

This is part of what they call the school-to-prison pipeline.

My son has been suspended five times. He’s 3.


I blamed myself, my past. And I would have continued to blame myself had I not taken the boys to a birthday party for one of JJ’s classmates. At the party, the mothers congregated to talk about everyday parenting things, including preschool. As we talked, I admitted that JJ had been suspended three times. All of the mothers were shocked at the news. 
“JJ?” one mother asked. 
“My son threw something at a kid on purpose and the kid had to be rushed to the hospital,” another parent said. “All I got was a phone call.” 
One after another, white mothers confessed the trouble their children had gotten into. Some of the behavior was similar to JJ’s; some was much worse. 
Most startling: None of their children had been suspended.

Please read the entire thing. Special training desperately needs to be implemented in US schools to counteract this, because this subconscious racism is ruining lives and perpetuating a cycle of poverty, imprisonment, and general feelings of low self-worth in black youth.

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