The “Adultification” of Black Girls

Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality released a new study revealing a significant bias against Black girls starting as early as age five. Those surveyed in the study viewed Black girls as not as innocent as White. They did not think Black girls needed as much protecting or nurturing. For a look at the damage caused by such perceptions, TheVillageCelebration turned to LaKeisha Gray-Sewell, the founder of “Girls Like Me” a Chicago-based organization dedicated to helping urban girls.

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