A New York study from African American Policy Forum and the Centre for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia University shows that black girls are 6 times more likely to be suspended than white girls in New York schools.
Whilst it is boys that usually produce the most uninspiring results in such studies, this time it was black girls that came out with the highest rates of suspension and expulsion.
The study showed that 12 per cent of black girls were suspended, compared to two per cent for white girls and that no white girls were expelled.
similar trends appeared at Boston schools and a comparative study for males showed that black boys were suspended three times more and expelled 10 times as much as their white counterparts in New York.
The report concludes: “These data reveal that in some cases, race may be a more significant factor for females than it is for males,
“The particular disparities facing black girls are largely unrecognised in the mainstream discourse about punitive policies in public education. Consequently, efforts to confront the challenge of ensuring equitable and fair opportunities for Black girls in school remain underdeveloped.”
TNT News Siobhan White