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Adultification Bias

The Initiative kicks off its 10th anniversary with a powerful performance of “a love letter to Black girls”. View it here.

by | Feb 16, 2022 | Adultification Bias

Logan Green, 16, won the 2021 national speech and debate tournament (spoken word category) for her poem about adultification bias. In her words: “When I discovered ‘Girlhood Interrupted,’ I knew this...

Are “black girls less innocent”? Adultification explained

by | Jan 14, 2022 | Adultification Bias

Are “black girls less innocent”? Adultification explained by Khadija Mbowe

‘Reclaiming Girlhood’: Hattiesburg teen opens doors with win at national spoken-word event

by | Oct 11, 2021 | Adultification Bias

Now a junior, Green said she wrote “Reclaiming Girlhood” to draw attention to the “adultification” of Black girls — the treatment of young girls as if they are older. The piece...

Segment aired on WPFW FM (DC) on the adultification of Black girls, May 2021

by | May 11, 2021 | Adultification Bias

Segment aired on WPFW FM (DC) on the adultification of Black girls, May 2021

How The Adultification Bias Contributes To Black Trauma

by | Apr 26, 2021 | Uncategorized

“Examining patterns of police treatment towards Black youth highlights a prominent issue: the adultification bias, which is the phenomenon where adults perceive Black youth as being older than they actually are....

‘It’s More Than Just Tragic’: Ma’Khia Bryant and the Burden of Black Girlhood

by | Apr 26, 2021 | Adultification Bias

“Because of layers of gendered racism, adults tend to view Black girls as more threatening, more aggressive, more mature and less innocent than white girls of the same age, robbing Black...

Analysis: In Schools, Black Girls Confront Both Racial and Gender Bias. What the Research Shows, and What’s Being Done to Stop It

by | Nov 09, 2020 | Adultification Bias

As a result, Black girls are often either suspended for violating dress code policies or pulled out of the classroom to change their clothes. Black girls are also disproportionately pulled out...

Racism, Implicit Biases Negatively Impact Credibility of Domestic Violence Survivors

by | Nov 06, 2020 | Adultification Bias

My colleagues at New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), where I am a supervising attorney in the Domestic Violence Law Unit, and I often see that when clients of color report...

MOSES: Oversexualization of Black girls, women must stop

by | Oct 21, 2020 | Adultification Bias

The views that Black women are innately promiscuous and sexually predatory is exactly why Black girls do not have never had the liberty of being children. Instead, they are forced to...

Lesson of the Day: ‘A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls’

by | Oct 09, 2020 | Adultification Bias

Lesson Overview Featured Article: “‘A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls’” by Erica L. Green, Mark Walker and Eliza Shapiro For years, education reform has looked at discipline disparities between...