The struggles of working-class African-American girls like Maia—almost 60 percent of whom are victims of sexual assault according to an ongoing study by Black Women’s Blueprint—are too often ignored: by the local police officers who initially doubted her story; by her state lawmakers who have yet to make the recommendations of the Ensuring Student Success Act, to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence stay in school, mandatory in Illinois.
And now by the White House’s new My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a $200 million public and private partnership to help young people of color reach their full potential in the United States, and which focuses exclusively on boys and young men. In Chicago, the violence that affects all young people of color—guns, gangs and school suspensions—is frequently framed as one that only impacts boys of color. That those same—and additional—forms of violence affect girls of color rarely makes headlines or pushes funding.
—Salamishah Tillet, “Why Girls of Color Should Be Included in My Brother’s Keeper”
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