Monique W. Morris: School-to-Prison Pipeline Conversation Should Expand to Include Black Girls Too

Black females represent the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population. Black females also experienced the most dramatic rise in middle school suspension rates in recent years. Six-year old girls have been arrested in Georgia and Florida for having a tantrum in class. A 13-year old girl near Chicago was charged with a felony theft offense after finding her teacher’s glasses and seeking to return them to her, and a Los Angeles high school girl was slammed to the floor of her school and arrested after dropping a piece of cake on the floor.

From these and other incidents in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that punitive disciplinary practices and other criminalizing policies that fuel what we understand as a “school to prison pipeline” impact the girls as well as the boys. However, a deeper look reveals that perhaps the “pipeline” analogy is too linear a framework to capture the education-system pathways to incarceration for black girls.

In discussions with young women who have dropped out of school, or who are attempting to return to school following a period of incarceration, it is becoming clearer that we must think about the multiple ways in which racism and patriarchy marginalize black girls in their learning environments—places that have become hostile learning environments for girls who are too frequently marginalized for acts of “defiance” or for being too “loud” and aggressive in ways that make them nonconforming to society’s gender expectations. For too many black girls, schools are places where they are subject to unwanted sexual harassment, where they are judged and punished for who they are, not necessarily for what they have done, and where their experiences have been overshadowed by a male-dominated discourse on dignity in schools.

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5 Responses to Monique W. Morris: School-to-Prison Pipeline Conversation Should Expand to Include Black Girls Too

  1. PB Short October 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    We are divided…the perverted catholic white man has succeeded in dividing our race as a whole…

    We, as parents has failed because we believe in the perverted white man and his religion…

    We WANT what he wants, we act like him, want to be him…instead of raising and teaching our children to be independent of him, and to come together as a whole to over-turn this brute-beast animal who takes pride in destroying his own race…

    We must first, learn the truth about his religion and stop believing in this devil…

    I have watched too many of our people while in college actually believe that if they prayed to jesus Christ, they would pass their courses and not be kicked out of school/college…and now they have a debt, student loans that they will never be able to pay-off…

    There have to be away to bring us together secretly and execute our plan against the white man and those who love him…

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  2. Imhotep October 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

    400,000 Black women in prison( largely because of working with or for their drug dealing man) and the situation is grave. Sistas, when will you all sit down and tell these young girls that “all that glitters is not gold?”. I cant tell you how many yong women that I have come in contact with that are letting them baby’s dada or man live with them and sell drugs. The first thing I say is that frist of all, you are complicit with this behavior. Its poison( I’m and old NOI man,drugs are a plague to the black community, never can rationalize its sale or use), and to let him have them in your home shows you care more about the trinkets than you do your own self or kids. Many women here have been killed in the last few years in the “dope house.” Break that down to them and see what responseses you get. HOtep

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  3. Imhotep October 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

    400,000 Black women in prison( largely because of working with or for their drug dealing man) and the situation is grave. Sistas, when will you all sit down and tell these young girls that “all that glitters is not gold?”. I cant tell you how many young women that I have come in contact with that are letting them baby’s dada or man live with them and sell drugs. The first thing I say is that first of all, you are complicit with this behavior. Its poison( I’m and old NOI man,drugs are a plague to the black community, never can rationalize its sale or use), and to let him have them in your home shows you care more about the trinkets than you do your own self or kids. Many women here have been killed in the last few years in the “dope house.” Break that down to them and see what responseses you get. HOtep

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  4. Ms. Miller October 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    PRISONS have become big profitable business. In order to keep them going…they need prisoners. So the cops, prosecutors, Judges, etc. have to find ways and reasons to lock folks up. They put a ton of money into these PRISONS as compared to SCHOOLS and educational programs. And now we have the likes of that ETCH-A-SKETCH targeting education. ROMNEY’s fabricated lies about how he “supports education” did not stop with his plan to defund PBS, Big Bird, and even the Dept. of Educ. He also SNUBBED the students at a NICKLELODEON event —

    http://www.salon.com/2012/10/09/romney_snubs_nickelodeon/

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  5. Pat November 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    The survival of the fittest is not a game the black man and woman in the hells/jails of north america can win…check out the fall of the black preacher/politicians, entertainers and pro atheletes! Let us unite and put our resources into our own…people,children, education, families, business, institutions, homes, and future. Let us protect us, stop throwing your money away chasing grasshopper and other insect lifestyles in AmeriKKKa.

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