February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month in America. Reflecting on this month and recent events has afforded me the opportunity to consider the ways in which we recognize and spotlight historically oppressed and marginalized groups. Existing (surviving for some) in a global pandemic that brought to our consciousness America’s xenophobia along with obvious disparities in healthcare, an uprising that brought a loud call for America to recognize the humanity of Black folks and confirmation of what we’ve always known… that racism does exist. …

In 2015, educator and researcher, Dr. Monique Morris published, The Pushout, a powerful piece of research literature that examines the intersection between race, gender, and the criminalization of Black girls in public education. The Pushout occurs, in this case, when a Black girl becomes disengaged from her own educational attainment, leaves school, and finds herself in juvenile confinement.

There are a number of external factors that may promote the Pushout such as an unsupportive household environment, abuse, trauma, or an undiagnosed learning disorder. …

In 2001, Marta Cruz-Janzen wrote “Latinegras: Desired Women: Undesirable Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, and Wives” for the Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. In this article Cruz-Janzen interrogates Whiteness as reflected in the Latinx experience by naming the tensions experienced by Afro-Latinx people. Cruz-Janzen writes of being both Black and Latinx noting how years of colonialism have resulted in the internalization of racism within the Latinx community, a racism that is manifested through the perpetuation of and desire for Whiteness. Though this issue has received some attention over the years through discourse related to colorism, the issue of racism in the…

Reprint from a blog published Oct. 13, 2018

New York City (NYC) is home to the largest and most segregated school system in the country. It is tasked with providing educational instruction to more than 1.1 million students from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. There are 1,842 public schools, which are inclusive of the 227 existing charter schools, spanning across 32 school districts throughout the five boroughs.

According to the 2017 student demographic data collected by the city’s Department of Education, the current racial composition of the student population in public schools is as follows:

Hispanic: 40.5% Black/African American…

Dear Jessica,

You mind if I call you Jessica?

I write this letter less from a place of anger and more from a place of fatigue. I am not really wanting to do a deep analysis on why you did what you did but I wanted to talk to you. See… I actually AM a Black Latina/Afro-Latina — seriously, I am. By way of credentials — my mother is a very brown skinned first generation born Bajan American — born right here in Brooklyn. …

Mama Scholar

Afro-Latina Brooklyn Born Race Scholar — I write about anti-Black racism and systems of oppression in schools, politics, and policy.

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