REPORT: Black Female Students Getting Much Harsher Punishments Than Classmates

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Black female students are facing two huge institutional challenges as racism and sexism converge in a way that mean stiffer punishments for them.

A new study from the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and Columbia Law School Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, has found that Black girls were suspended six times more than White girls for the 2011-2012 school year. The organizations looked at data from the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights to see how racism and sexism was affecting young Black women in school.

The findings don’t exactly line up with the notion that Black girls are thriving in school these days.

“The problem is that rhetoric surrounding this issue frames it as … ‘boys of color are the most left behind.’ But actually depending on what you’re looking at, that’s not necessarily true,” AAPF Executive Director Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw told The Huffington Post

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