However, that investment should never be to the exclusion of black girls. Morris in Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools , is a condition that has plagued black girls and women for time immemorial. She was also working-class, dark-skinned , and pregnant. The use of zero tolerance and harsh school discipline is a culprit, along with the attitudes and behaviors of school staff. Colvin was seemingly an ideal role model against segregated busing—she was an A student who had studied Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Jim Crow racial injustices. The stigmas many attach to black girls has far-reaching and damaging consequences, Morris writes, with devastating effects on their academic, social, and emotional lives. The interview that follows has been edited lightly and condensed for clarity.
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