The African American Policy Forum, Advancement Project, Dream Defenders, and others released a new video that powerfully reaffirms the multitude of reasons why #BlackGirlsMatter. In the wake of high-profile police violence against black men and boys, and thanks to initiatives like President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, national attention has begun to focus on the myriad problems black boys face. However, these efforts often ignore black girls, who face not only the same systemic racism, but also sexism.
Last February, the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) released a report highlighting the many injustices black girls face. The report, Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected, takes a dual race-and-gender lens to analyzing the problems black girls encounter both inside and outside the classroom. The Schott Foundation hosted a joint webinar with AAPF, further exploring both the their report and Schott's similar report on boys of color. The webinar examined what these reports mean in the shared fight for racial and gender justice in education.
This new video provides yet another way of reaching out and bringing light to the struggles girls of color must contend with in their daily lives. Watch the video below: