A growing body of evidence has shown that the American education and criminal-justice systems dole out harsher and more frequent discipline to black youth compared with their non-black peers. Researchers built in part on a report that concluded black boys are wrongly perceived as older than their actual age and are more likely to be viewed as guilty when they are suspected of a crime. The study surveyed adults from different racial, ethnic, and educational backgrounds, and from different regions of the country. Most were white and female. The researchers asked some participants about their perceptions of black girls, and some about white girls of the same age. The fact that you would think a 5-year-old is more knowledgeable about sex is amazing to me.
Perry is a professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, the right-wing think tank dedicated to denying global warming and helping white men keep their tax bills low. He suggests that Wayne State start some programs for the underrepresented white boys who miss out on opportunities because black girls are taking over the computer industry. The Root has previously reported on the nonexistent phenomenon :. Although a higher percentage of black college graduates 2. Blacks have largely closed the gap in internet and computer access.
A new report details the negative consequences suffered by black women and girls when people perceive them as older than their white peers. The women and girls said they did. That prior study, which drew headlines two years ago, found that U.
Photo by Jovo Jovanovic , via Stocksy. Sandra Abraham, now a year-old lawyer who works in compliance, was in the first grade when she first came to understand that being Black meant something more than the color of her skin. She lived in Michigan at the time, and her best friend was a white girl named Kelly. Kelly was also friends with another girl in their class named Kathleen, who refused to play with Abraham. It never dawned on her why, though, until one day in gym class.