Challenges Faced By White Girls Essay

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I needed solutions. Looking forward to starting my graduate studies that fall in the Minority and Urban Education program at the University of Maryland, College Park, I knew right away what I wanted to focus on. But as I began my research, I became dissatisfied with the lack of gender- and race-based studies done for Black girls in urban education settings. We were trapped in the intersection of race and gender—where studies on Black youth primarily focused on issues centered on Black boys and the studies on girls mainly focused on the challenges faced by White girls. All the literature I read up to this point implied that Black girls were doing just fine, simply because their suspension rates were slightly lower than their male counterparts and their graduation rates were slightly higher. Yet when looking at the larger picture, at the intersections of race and gender, and even sexuality and gender identity, Black girls were still fighting unique challenges of their own. I found myself asking: In the era of My Brother’s Keeper, who was looking out for Black girls? In 2012, I started working for a non-profit organization delivering in-school programs to teen girls in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Founded in the 1980’s, the program is called SNEAKERS—which was quite the hip acronym at the time for Self-Efficacy, Nurturance, Expectations, Assertiveness, Knowledge, Empowerment, Responsibility, and Success. The organization began delivering programs in D.C.’s Wards 7…

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