Girl Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood

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Girl Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood

May 14, 2019 | by Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia J. Blake, and Thalia GonzalezCenter on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown Law

Based on the first study of its kind, a new report shows that Black girls as young as age 5 are seen as less innocent and more adult-like than their white counterparts. Adults surveyed for the study said that Black girls need less nurturing and protection and are more knowledgeable about adult topics and sex than white girls their age. This implicit bias likely leads to a host of negative outcomes, including disparate treatment in the educational, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. Read more about the implications and results of the study here.