Black & White: Researchers Find Racial Bias in School Suspensions
February 10, 2015
In 2013, a 12-year-old black girl was threatened with expulsion if she didn’t change her natural hair to fit school standards. In 2014, another 12-year-old faced similar threats after writing “hi” on a locker room wall. In 2007, a 6-year-old was arrested – yes, arrested – for having a tantrum in a Florida classroom.
All of this according to a new study done by the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia University, and originally covered by Vox.
Based on data taken from schools in Boston and New York, the study finds that 12% of black girls have been suspended, while only 2% of white girls faced the same punishment.
The statistics become even more shocking. In New York schools, 90% of girls expelled from school were black, while no white girls were expelled at all.
“No white girls were expelled, and thus, no ratio can be calculated,” the study reads. “But the magnitude of the disparity can be captured by simply imagining that one white girl had been expelled. Were that the case, the ratio would be 53:1.”
The numbers are similar in Boston. 63% of female students expelled were black, while, again, none were white...