How the Adultification of Black Girls Is Stealing Their Childhoods and Derailing Their Futures.
In Blake’s study, Black women shared anecdotal evidence of the challenges they faced when simply interacting with teachers at school. “[T]he minute that the teacher think[s] that you’re… you’re sassing them — the minute that they think that you’re just being … rude, they just send you out the classroom,” said one teenaged Black girl from the same Georgetown Law Center study. “And they’ll send the security guards to deal with you.”
We would be remiss if we didn’t address the undeniable adultification bias that Black boys face as well, and their experiences deserve to be examined on their own terms. But Black girls face their own specific set of challenges that are worth viewing independently. “We need to understand the unique experiences of black girls and black women so we can better support and empower them,” Professor Blake explained to The New York Times.