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Keywords

Black girls, school to prison pipeline, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, intersectionality, zero tolerance disciplinary policies

Document Type

Article in Response to Controversy

Abstract

Black girls in public school are constantly exposed to physical violence, racialized gender hostility and harassment, and hate speech. Yet, the national narrative perpetuates the belief that Black boys are the main targets of such behaviors. This narrative renders Black girls invisible, and normalizes their treatment as another beam in the framework of white supremacy. This article addresses Black girls' invisibility first creatively, though the African diasporic rhetorical practice of storytelling. It then turns to an exploration of Fennell v. Marion Independent School District, where three sisters were subjected to a racially hostile educational environment in Marion, TX. The article concludes with a positive imagining of how visibility can work to make Black Girls' Lives Matter.

Rights

All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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