A new book, Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morris, highlights the disproportionate levels of punishment meted out to black schoolgirls, who make up 16% of female students but more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. I always got straight As ... yet my teachers perceived anything I did as being really aggressive, really angry Yewande Adeniran The reasons are complex, but may be linked to recent research by Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality, which found that adults view black girls as “less innocent” and “more adult-like” than their white peers.
“These girls didn’t need to be corrected,” Cornyn tells OZY. “It was about how other people were treating them.” And how others perceived them. But now Cornyn is letting the girls speak for themselves, through their writing, images and recorded interviews. “These girls’ stories had been left in the dust of history. No one would have known about them,” says Cornyn. “I wanted them to get the recognition that they should have had.”