For Black girls, the very schools charged with educating them reinforce and reproduce a dangerous, though often invisible, form of racial and gendered inequality.
I am very familiar with this fear.
We all want safe schools. But we won’t get them with guns, handcuffs, or increased use of detentions and suspensions.
My hair is a critical part of my self-expression, my artistic practice, a celebration of my heritage and my connection to spirit. So when TSA runs their dirty-ass latex gloves through my hair, it’s an insult. It’s racist. And it needs to stop.
“Even though I was physically free, mentally I was locked up too,” says Papoose. “Being forced to see my wife suffer every day, year after year, is a level of confinement by itself.”
When Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown announced her recent series of community forums, she said she wanted to build relationships and enlighten and empower the community.
On Saturday, 23-year-old Kenlissa Jones of Albany, Georgia was arrested and held without bond at the Dougherty County jail on charges of “malice murder” and “possession of a dangerous drug” for self-inducing her own abortion.
A few weeks ago, a six-year-old black girl named TT was suspended and sent home because she poked a boy with an eraser. TT was just one of many girls who fall victim to zero-tolerance and school push-out every day.
“What about Black boys and men?” he began. “I know it must be hard being a Black woman, but Black men are going through it harder. The police are killing us and locking us up more than Black women and girls.
“We need to focus on the men.”
The criminalization of the Black community is breaking up the Black family and by doing so is perpetuating the cycles of poverty and oppression in our society.