The Dehumanization of Black Children

We know these things are true. Anyone that looks into race relations knows that people of color are treated as inferior. Their lives are considered as less valuable than the lives of white people. How can we know this and do nothing about it?

The general criminalization of Black children [extend] … into the minds of many Americans. In our nation’s classrooms, where children spend most of their time, teachers subjectively interpret misbehavior based on racial stereotypes and are more likely to “label Black students as troublemakers.” Based on these stereotypes, Black students are more likely to be disciplined harshly by teachers and administrators. These stereotypes endanger Black children in many settings, be it the classroom where they encounter harsh discipline, the judicial system where they are cruelly and unusually sentenced, as they play with toy guns in public parks, or as they attend suburban pool parties where they are aggressively mistreated by officers of the law and civilians alike.


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I am a writer of words, a thinker of thoughts, a changer of genders, and a queerer of life. I am an antagonist of the ordinary; and while I do tolerate it, I also look at it with contempt.

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