We Need to Fix Racism in Our Institutions, Not Black Hair

When institutions racially discriminate against women because of the texture of their hair, black girls are kept from school and women are denied access to professional advancement opportunities. Racism extends beyond hair texture too, compounding to create a system in which black girls are generally disciplined more aggressively and at higher rates than their white counterparts. Black girls do not misbehave more than other students, yet they are suspended from school more frequently than white girls. According to a report by the NAACP and the National Women’s Law Center, “under-resourced schools, disparate discipline practices, gender-based violence and harassment, and lack of support for pregnant and parenting students […] further compromise educational outcomes for African American girls.”

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