Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school.
Just 16 percent of female students, Black girls make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. The first trade book to tell these untold stories, Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures.
For four years Monique W. Morris, author of Black Stats, chronicled the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judgedby teachers, administrators, and the justice systemand degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond.
|Publisher:||New Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Monique W. Morris is the co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and writes a monthly column on black women and girls for Ebony.com. She is the author of Black Stats (The New Press) and lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two daughters.
Table of Contents
1 Struggling to Survive 16
2 A Blues for Black Girls When the "Attitude" Is Enuf 56
3 Jezebel in the Classroom 96
4 Learning on Lockdown 135
5 Repairing Relationships, Rebuilding Connections 170
Appendix A Girls, We Got You! 198
A Q & A for Girls, Parents, Community Members, and Educators 198
Resources for African American Girls 220
Appendix B Alternatives to Punishment 222
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