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PBS Will Premiere A Film That Gives Voice to School-Age Black Girls, While Highlighting the Many Ways They Are Criminalized While Learning


Disciplinary action taken against Black girls in high schools is severely imbalanced compared to White students—they are six times more likely to be suspended than White girls, according to a 2015 report from the African American Policy Forum—and the new documentary, “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” debuting on PBS, brings this disparity to the head of the class.

Produced by Women in the Room Productions and based on social justice scholar Monique W. Morris’ book of the same name, “Pushout” shares stories from five Black teens who overcame harsh treatment in school and garners insight from national social justice, gender equality and educational equity experts who speak to the practices, cultural beliefs and educational policies that make it harder to Black girls to receive an education. The film also includes first-person interviews from girls as young as seven to as old as 19, who describe living in a world that often marginalizes, criminalizes and dismisses them.


Daily Kos  April 4, 2020

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