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Logan Green on Adultification Bias

Watch Logan Green, a Mississippi high school student, perform her spoken-word poem about adultification bias, which won her first place in the 2021 National Speech and Debate Association Tournament. In Logan’s words, the idea for her poem came from connecting with our report on adultification bias: “I’ve always been told that I looked too grown

The Collective Identity Mentoring Program

The impact of the adultification bias does not end in the schools or with teachers. As a Black girl continues to age, it follows her within her community as she is gets identified as the “Strong Black Woman.” While it is most definitely true that Black women are not only strong and powerful beyond measure,

My child has feelings

Since pre-k, my biracial daughter has been adultified with adult skill sets applied to her normal childhood behaviors and differences and nefarious intentionality ascribed to her behaviors. She is not afforded the presumption of childhood innocence or the right to the childhood developmental expectations. She has repeatedly been removed from her classroom, received lunchroom and

To be adultified..

“To be adultified is to be stripped of your pride and innocence. By telling a black girls she’s too "aggressive" or "sexual" forces her into a stereotype others may never let her live down.”

When A Bad Call Brought Courtside Humiliation

It was the day of the championship game. If we won, we’d move on to the next division, with a shot at the state championship title. We were all pumped up and ready to go as we saw how full the gym had become with family members, friends, and townspeople. I gave my parents the

Hypersexualization Can Affect Health Care Experiences

When I was 19, I decided it was time to go to the OBGYN for the first time. I had lost my virginity to my boyfriend and wanted to get on birth control. The doctor was an older white man. He came into the room and started asking me questions about my sexual history. What

But He Came Up to Me

I don’t really remember how old I was but it was in elementary school. All the boys & girls were being ‘fresh’ as most boys & girls do around that time. I remember a boy approaching me in class to be what flirtatious was at that age and the teacher yelled at me. The boy

Having an ‘Attitude’

I went to small evangelical Christian schools that were extremely conservative and mostly white. In many of my classes I was the only black person. On many occasions I was kicked out of classes for “rolling my eyes” or “having an attitude.” I never understood why this was happening, because I wasn’t trying to be