The only reason I know about this paper at all is that my good friend Jeff, a wise and often hilarious fellow who likes Wilco a wee bit too much (Yes, that’s possible), pointed it out on social media.
It takes a look at K-12 school suspensions and expulsions on black students in the south.
I’d say the findings are what you’d expect. But it’s worse. Far, far worse.
There’s an astounding and terrifying nugget from the North, however, that just makes you weep for our nation’s future.
In a 2015 report, Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and colleagues note that 90% of all girls expelled from New York City public schools in 2011-12 were Black.
Nope, no such thing as white privilege. If you work hard, you’ll make it. Nothing will stand in your way if your skin happens to be a different color.
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