Hands on Their Backs

Mankaprr Conteh
Mar 2, 2017 · 8 min read
Monique Morris addresses Wake Forest Univeristy on February 21, 2017. Photo: Ann Thuy Nguyen

When schools turn black girls away, when they criminalize them in this way, they are then primed to be captured by a criminal justice system hell-bent on locking them up.

“Pushout”: a phenomenon in which, at striking rates, black girls are the subject of exclusionary punishment for being the only selves they know how to be.

Morris signs copies of her book “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools”. Photo: Ann Thuy Nguyen
A mother listens to Morris intently as her child sleeps. Photo: Ann Thuy Nguyen

Mankaprr Conteh

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mankaprrconteh@gmail.com | Mankaprr writes stories about culture and inequity.

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