Five-Year-Old Black Girls Seen As “less innocent” Than White Girls, Punished Harshly

By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Georgetown University Law Center

The Center on Poverty and Inequality at the Georgetown University Law Center (GLCP) published a report this past Tuesday (June 27th), which was based on the school’s recently completed study about how society is denying the pristine status of childhood when it comes to America’s black girls.

The GLCP study’s report classifies this societal robbery of innocence affecting black American girls as “adultification.” The GLCP report is titled Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood. The research team that conducted this GLCP study was led by Rebecca Epstein, the Executive Director of the GLCP.

Epstein was also the lead author of the new GLCP report on this sobering issue that many racial equality critics deny exists. “What we found is that adults see black girls as less innocent and less in need of protection as white girls of the same age,” Epstein was quoted as saying in an official press release from Georgetown University.

“This new evidence of what we call the ‘adultification’ of black girls may help explain why black girls in America are disciplined much more often and more severely than white girls – across our schools and in our juvenile justice system,’” Epstein went on to say.

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