Young African American women are the fastest growing population of incarcerated young people. This is not an accident.
23.03.2011 § Leave a comment
This world, we must destroy.
Efforts to stop mass incarceration focused on black girls are almost nonexistant in government policy, the media, foundations and academia.
This his also definitely true in radical political activism. We aren’t suprised.
“I’ve been studying this for decades,” said Chesney-Lind. She added, “We have never seen these kind of numbers before. National policies like zero tolerance are responsible for the school to prison pipeline. And a dual justice system that treats white girls differently from black girls is disproportionately impacting African American girls.”…
“The shackles of slavery endured into other eras, including convict leasing systems and chain gangs,” said Prisicilla Ocen, a professor at UCLA’s Critical Race Studies.
“In order to sustain these systems, de-humanizing stereotypes of black women were created to maintain the difference between white and African American women,” she said. “Black girls are still dealing with racial and gendered stereotypes that were used to justify punishment.”
Ocen continued, “These historical stereotypes laid the groundwork for the creation of a dual criminal justice system – one where African American women and girls are treated differently for the same behaviors.”…
Krisberg went on, “Once in the criminal justice system, African American girls are treated with brutality, so much emotional and sexual abuse.”
This can only be explained adequately with a unified theory that locates race and gender as necessary structural social relations, like class, and not as contingent historical add-ons to capital that just happen to be really sticky…