The Marginalization of Black Girls

Some of our girls are growing up without fathers and they are being told they aren’t beautiful or enough. Society portrays African American women as “angry” or “aggressive”. When all our young queens just need to be loved, understood and valued. Majority of African American women have been sexually violated, victims of violent crimes, human trafficking which causes an increase in suicides, depression and drug use.

  • Black girls (beginning in preschool) are subject to more suspensions and arrest as white girls who have similar rates of misconduct. These disparities result from false stereotypes that black girls are inherently more aggressive, sexually deviant, threatening and dangerous and not deserving of empathy, nurturing and attention.
  • Black girls carry a double burden…carrying the weight of weaponized skin color and the invisibility of a silenced gender
  • This noticeable correlation between the punishment of black school girls and the number of incarcerated black women indicates that racism operates across systems (the educational system and the corrective system)
  • More than 69% live in a home without a dad or his positive presence in her life. As a result will seek love and affection from a boyfriend/significant other even if the relationship is abusive or toxic
  • High exposure to guns and traumatic stressors which increases the risk of depression and impulsive aggression
  • More high school dropouts and high unemployment
  • Black girls are struggling with low self esteem, positive role models, and strong supportive family connections
  • 95% want a parents to listen to them, spend time together having fun, show affection and not criticize
  • 90% do not like her looks or think she is beautiful, is unhappy with grades in school, and/or her relationships with others. She desires more than anything to be LOVED, ACCEPTED, HEARD, and UNDERSTOOD!
  • Dove Self-Esteem Fund found that African-American teens are struggling with issues of low self-image, social conditioning and daily interactions with family, friends and peers.