‘Bolster’ Black Boys, but Don’t Forget About Black Girls

Bernardine Watson, Washington Post, August 5, 2013

President Obama, in his remarks after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, asked what we could do as a nation to “learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction?” One of his thoughts was to “spend some time thinking about how we bolster our African American boys.”

Many, especially in the African American community, agree with him. In fact some see the Martin case as an opportunity for a national discussion about young black males and the justice system. Certainly a national focus on young African American males is overdue, particularly given their over-representation in the delinquency system. However, as we look for strategies to “bolster” black boys, it’s important to acknowledge that African American girls are the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice system, and need just as much attention.

recent report by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) shows that while males still dominate the justice system, the caseload for girls has grown significantly—from 20 percent of all juvenile arrests in 1980 to 30 percent in 2009. Girls of color make up nearly two-thirds of the female juvenile justice population. {snip}

Experts agree that the increase in girl offenders over the past several decades is not due to a “girls gone wild” phenomenon. Girls still commit far fewer violent crimes than boys. More girls are ending up in court because of policies and policing practices such as zero tolerance in schools and state statutes against domestic violence that now encompass minor-age victims and offenders and result in mandatory arrests. Also, according to a study by the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy, girls are far more likely than boys to be detained for non-serious offenses such as truancy, running away and underage drinking or technical probation violations, such as missing a meeting with a probation officer or violating curfew.

Given the statistics, race is clearly a determinant in which girls get arrested and enter the system. Troubled African American girls and other girls of color often live in heavily policed neighborhoods and attend schools that enforce zero tolerance policies. These girls are more likely to come to the attention of law enforcement than white girls. Studies show that girls of color tend to benefit less from leniency and diversion programs and generally receive harsher punishments than white girls for similar offenses. Some researchers and advocates speculate that these differences in treatment may result from negative stereotypes that police and court officials have about girls of color, which can influence decision-making.

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Much needs to be done to raise the visibility of African American girls in the justice system and the issues they face: their disproportionate numbers, harsher treatment and the lack of services to meet their needs.  Yes, it would be wonderful if the country were to focus on troubled black boys. But we shouldn’t forget about black girls.

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  • 1proactive2

    Neither black boy or black girls mind getting arrested. Being a criminal in black communities is part of gaining street cred, and validation for race hustlers that black kids are being harassed by a racist system. It’s a lifestyle, obambi.

    • sbuffalonative

      “…a national focus on young African American males is overdue”

      This guy doesn’t read the newspaper or watch his local news. All they do is focus on young African American males.

      • baldowl

        But all “youths” get the credit for the achievements of only that one segment. It’s racist!

        • Thor Bonham

          “Youths” and “teens” .. They never call a spade a spade, the media..

      • dukem1

        Really!!! Without them, local news would be nothing more than zoning boards and lost dogs..
        Diversity makes life exciting!

        • negrolocaust

          until your house is worth a sixth of what it was

          • dukem1

            Well, granted, there’s that too.
            It’s all just part of life’s rich pageant.

      • Erasmus

        Black youfs already have way too much self-esteem. It’s why they think they can behave like animals and no one should say “Boo!” to them.

  • Creepy as crackers!

    I am really tired of hearing how blacks are the victims of a racist system. What ever problems they might have, it is never their fault rather the fault of a racist school system, racist criminal justice system, racist hiring and retentions practices, racist banking system, racist college admissions, etc…. They have worn out the race card. I am sick and tired of this whole progressive B.S.

    • din_do_nuffins

      Contact Theory as a Framework for Experiential Activities as Diversity Education: An Exploratory Study

      Jayson Seaman
      Jesse Beightol
      Paul Shirilla
      Bart Crawford

      Participation in experiential education is said to enhance people’s appreciation for diversity. This article reports on a study that found significant changes in participants’ attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors following a nonformal diversity education program using adventure-based and community-service activities. Additionally, hypothesized program conditions, as outlined by contact theory, were significantly predictive of outcomes, although majority and minority participants differed on their perceptions of these conditions. These findings suggest that experiential activities may be considered a viable approach to diversity education in nonformal settings, assuming key conditions are met. Implications for practice and directions for future research are discussed.

      • sbuffalonative

        What they mean is when whites are around blacks, blacks don’t act white but whites become w*gg*rs.

        • Erasmus

          Whi99er is spelled with a “wh,” I thought.

          BTW, I had a black acquaintance years ago who told me that white kids associating with ghetto trash wouldn’t bring the ghetto trash up but bring the white kids down, instead.

      • IstvanIN

        and he gets only 17 years in prison!

      • Erasmus

        Oh, Lord, you mean the old “To-know-them is to love them” policy?
        All I can say to that is, “Like hell.” To know them is most definitely quite the opposite of to love them.

    • CaptainCroMag

      Yes, it’s ridiculous how Blacks marched, screamed and hollered for integration and now cry about how that same integration is oppressing them. They are impossible to coexist with in any way whatsoever.

      • sbuffalonative

        What they demand today, tomorrow they’ll call a racist conspiracy.

      • OlderWoman

        Was it ever possible to coexist with them in any way?

        No, I say. They just destroy the neighborhood, whine and extort money from Whites. They’ve literally destroyed the small town I lived in in the 60’s. The community I lived in was White, clean and pretty. Now it’s like a small Detroit. They claim white doctors are murdering black women but it was a black janitor with a 30 IQ who was found guilty.

    • 48224

      Don’t forget racist biology! These young black juviles need a mentor…..to encourage themt o get their tubs tied and finish school!

  • alex

    Females Ghetto Africanus can be as vicious and impulsively violent as males.

    • din_do_nuffins

      Most Whites know instinctively to avoid all contact with black females.

    • sbuffalonative

      Yes, just visit any Check E Cheese on any given day.

    • OlderWoman

      I know that for a fact. We had two young female black teens living in my building. They destroyed our furniture, spread their trash around, stole and bummed money off of gullible Whites in our building. One of them was sent to juvie, the other finally moved out with her racist father.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Uh…here blacks…more evil whitey money. Get cell phones. Use them to coordinate the destruction of your hated wards…

    Parasites.

  • Rhialto

    Ms. Berardin makes the (surprise) claim that the female youts are as innocuous as the male youts, and only get jailed because the racist White man hates them.

    I wonder whether Blacks know that there lying, or do their statements actually reflect how Blacks mentally internalize their environment.

    • Wethepeople

      I think the environment surrounding, and general attitude of blacks exist in the manner it does because they can’t/don’t mentally internalize anything. Instead they act on emotion and base instinct, much like animals.

  • JohnEngelman

    We should bolster black teenagers by telling them to stop committing so many crimes and having so many illegitimate children.

    They won’t listen, but that advice is all we owe them.

    • Creepy as crackers!

      We can’t do that. That would damage their fragile self esteem.

    • Johnny Clay

      You may as well try to shovel sand with a pitchfork.

    • Bo_Sears

      JohnEngelman, if by “we” you mean members of the diverse white American community, we at Resisting Defamation beg to differ with you. Our number one focus for youth should be on the conduct, character, and health of the young diverse white Americans.

      These kids are the ones who are left dangling in the breeze because no one helps them to understand the anti-white narrative, or how to rebut it. It’s become a rite of passage in American schools to subject our children to the most chilling indoctrination possible as well as to name-calling and slander on the school bus, in the classroom by bullying teachers, and on the playing field.

      These kids have the right to a decent sense of self-respect, yet the white community cannot even bestir itself to start up an ADL for ourselves. Muslims, Jews, and Catholics have ADLs as do almost every ethnic group…we’re the only ones who refuse to provide defenses to our kids and just let them sink or swim, go bad or go crazy. And yet we claim to hold high parenting standards. LOL

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        I too wonder where the breaking point is for Whites whose children are being subjected to an ongoing genocide.

        There is terrorism against Whites and especially White children everywhere.

        White students are held hostage by PC-entrenched schools and NOT ALLOWED to discuss the anti-white curriculum, massive flooding of White homelands with 3rd world non-whites or the overt, ongoing genocide of Whites. If they ask inconvenient questions, they will be called any number of names for “racist” and “hater,” ostracized and labeled.

        White children are beaten down with terminology designed to destroy them if they question the anti-White narrative.

        White children are taught to believe that their people were nothing more than barbaric tyrants, thieves, rapists, enslavers, warmongers & conquerers with absolutely no redeeming qualities — and that the best course of action for their irredeemably hateful race is to be eliminated from the face of the earth.

        I cannot think of anything more evil than a planned, deliberate genocide against children — but this is exactly what is happening to White children in White homelands.

        I suggest everyone visit Resisting Defamation dot org and learn how to fight back.

        Bon

        • Funny you should mention “terrorism”. I’m still on the Terrorist Watch List. My federal prison file says I taught my bunkmate to read. It isn’t true; I brought him from “Tip & Mitten” to “Aviation Week & Space Technology”. Rex could already read. I did get Dangerous Dan the Machinegun Man through his GED work. Those guys were a joy to teach.

          One I miss is Robert James Ocampo who used to plan out legitimate businesses in perfect detail, even after I suggested about a 20% correction as “friction”. He’s back in, and I don’t know what for. He gets out sometime in 2036. He’ll be something like 70 by then. I thought he wanted to go legit.

          There are probably no clean answers anymore.

        • saxonsun

          I’ve been pondering the coming of that breaking point for many years. I despair of it ever arriving. We’ve basically seen one atrocity after another committed against us and we sit still.

  • Spartacus

    Ghetto walruses need a little attention too, right ?

    • bigone4u

      I feel assaulted just from having viewed the pic. Ugh. Is she Moochelle’s kid sister or something?

      • Spartacus

        The way groids hump everything that moves, I wouldn’t be surprised if she were.

    • JohnEngelman

      Is that thing a female?

      • Spartacus

        Not by human standards, but technically yes, she is a “Ghetto Africanus female”, as one poster previously put it.

      • David Ashton

        A “thing” John? Nazi language? Except that Jesse Owens said Hitler gave him a friendly wave.

        • sbuffalonative

          Have you seen the film where Owens wins and then they edit the film to show Hitler getting up and leaving?

          True liberal propaganda.

          • David Ashton

            Diana Mosley, who was there, told me this was a complete falsification, and there have been several truthful studies of the event. Now we have the Famous New National Treasure of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Stephen Fry, television polymath and pocket-gaydar user, announcing that Olympic games must not be held in a country which disapproves of promiscuous male-on-male sodomy; that would be as bad (!) as Berlin 1936.

          • Spartacus

            Hitler was actually a nicer fella than most people think .

          • skara_brae

            Couldn’t agree more. I recently purchased “Olympia 1936 – Die XI Olympischen Spiele”. Printed in 1936, In German. It features seven photos of Jesse Owens. No athlete in any other sport features in more than one photo. In addition Owens is written about in glowing terms.
            What I learned about this story as a child is utter rubbish.

    • MekongDelta69

      If NoBama had a “bitch”…

    • Sayaka says she could take her. Quarterstaves and no breaks.

  • din_do_nuffins

    “Bolster Black Boys”- social imperative.

    “Bolster White Boys”- racist hate speech.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Black kids have been bolstered to death. They’ve been taught by the schools, race baiters, black leaders and the media that the entire world is against them and that they need to empower themselves to fight it — this includes black flash mobs robbing businesses, knock-out games against innocent Whites, age doesn’t matter, and assaulting, raping, murdering and killing Whites — all in the name of social justice and “bolstering” themselves.

    Blacks like Trayvon and Tawana Brawley believe they can act with impunity and that there will be no blow-back for their criminal actions.

    How about the black community and black leaders spreading this message to keep blacks out of trouble: Don’t Trayvon

    Bon

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Black girls get attention from black boys and money from Whites when she busts ’em out…

    • A Freespeechzone

      Well, when you have comments from the likes of the President, Oprah, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and self-hating Whites reinforcing the anti-social and violent actions of blacks–expect to see unprovoked attacks on Whites increase.

      Moreover, you’ll hear very little about these attacks–look at the White kid being beat by 3 black thugs on a school bus the other day. Fact is, little or nothing will be done to punish these thugs….but, had the races been swapped, or, if the White kid was able to successfully defend himself, this would be another Trayvon Martin incident.

      When these attacks are perpetrated on innocent Whites, hopefully some will be as brave as George Zimmerman and literally ‘take them out’ in self defense–regardless of the threatened consequences.

      No Apologies.

    • I want those signs. Where can I buy them?

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Same place you can buy these!!!

        Bon

        • Spartacus

          I think I broke a rib laughing at the one with the tortoise…

  • How do I get a job where I write for a major US newspaper and just make stuff up?

    • Sick of it

      “I’m sorry Mr. RJP, we’re only hiring more…shall we say “diverse” applicants today.”

    • Spartacus

      Make a resume that says you’re part american indian, part jew and gay . You’re gonna get the job faster than you can say “cultural marxism” .

    • Join Amazon Prime.

  • bigone4u

    Wow! I’m impressed. Just about every lame brain excuse cooked up by libtard lefty academics to excuse black criminality is included in one article. I’ll have to save this one as a reference:-(

    • ncpride

      I couldn’t get past the 3rd paragraph. It literally gave me a headache. We’ve read the same nonsense for decades, and the only difference is their delusional excuses.

  • Winston Merryweather

    Perhaps the medical community could intervene with a testosterone-inhibiting drug regimen for these wayward sisters?

    In any event, the general population should be protected from criminals. Isolation and seperation is the tried and true method.

  • Puggg

    1. Zero tolerance is mainly a white school thing, I think to fluff up the number of suspensions of white students

    2. The cause of the racial gap in the girls’ end of the juvenile justice system is that black girls have higher testosterone than white girls. In fact, the testosterone gap between black girls and white girls is higher than that between black boys and white boys.

    3. “Heavily policed neighborhood.” That’s code for saying that the cops miss white crime because they don’t hang around white neighborhoods, or that the only reason there seems to be so much black crime is because the cops patrol black areas. The reality is the other way around: Cops go where the crime is; the crime happens first then cops respond. Departments aren’t going to waste resources and man-hours where there is hardly any crime. Cops hang around black areas because blacks do more crime; simple as that.

  • David Ashton

    There is a gender difference in all races. Among blacks, however, the females seem to be marginally more intelligent and responsible than the males.

    • IstvanIN

      Black females are massively more violent than White girls.

  • APaige

    From 1976-1980 the black female homicide rate was higher than white males. This was before the large Hispanic influx that adds to the white male numbers. The most recent ’10 most wanted from Texas had 1 black male and 9 white males. All the white males were really Hispanic and some were listed as being members of Mexican gangs.
    In 2010 more black females were arrested for homicide in Chicago than white males, even though the populations are nearly the same.
    “Studies show that girls of color tend to benefit less from leniency and diversion programs and generally receive harsher punishments than white girls for similar offenses.” I just love when the media supplies the answer to their ‘it must be racist excuse’. Harsher punishments are needed because they benefit less from leniency.

    • Jefferson

      So even when the F.B.I includes Mexicans and Puerto Ricans into the so-called “White” male category in Chicago, Black women still committed more homicides than “White” males in Chicago ?

  • gemjunior

    This is just more and more drivel. “Bernadine Watson”, the author, thinks we should bolster her young uns. I’m curious as to when it will ever be enough that white parents in this country can give their complete earnings to their own children..

    • Wethepeople

      Our children, our families, our people.

      Not these –

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    I’ve heard some hyperventilating about Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post. With articles like this, I find it hard to care if these journalist standards are somehow compromised.

  • Evette Coutier

    these so called researchers need to spend a year teaching these poor and unjustly treated black girls before they draw conclusions from their research. They analyze their data through the veil of false assumption and misunderstanding. The assume the bigotry of the schools is the cause for zero tolerance policies instead of accurately assessing that these policies arose in response to the behavior of black students.

  • Funruffian

    We should never neglect AIDS, smallpox, cancer, and other maladies in our nation. Not enough people have these illnesses and these diseases face discrimination in a bigoted country. We should implement more programs to infect more healthy people to avoid medical prejudice.
    (Sarcasm alert)

  • Shawn_thefemale

    I am soooo damn up to here with ‘troubled’ youths. I am 60, work two jobs, have a sick husband, and just lost my own health insurance because i can’t pay for it. I make too much for Medicaid, and therefore just had to cancel an upcoming neurologist’s appointment and MRI because I’m losing the feeling in my hands – and no, it’s not carpal tunnel.
    I’M exhausted, worried, and see no improvement in my future. I’M troubled.

    • saxonsun

      Sickening. If you were some illegal squat monster, they’d usher you in to that MRI on a red carpet.

    • exliberal

      We ought to set up our own advocacy groups and charities. White people helping white people.

  • [Guest]

    Whatever the solution is to this nation’s black problem, it is NOT “bolstering.”

  • logwarrior

    With the amount of time and effort required to just get them to “low normal” we could be living on Mars and using robots for servants.

  • MekongDelta69

    How many times have you heard the word ‘bolster’ (and its thousands of synonyms) in the last 50 years?

    I’m gonna go with Twelve Trillion (that’s dollars) for a thousand Alex.

  • Romulus

    Students of color tend to benefit less from leniency than their white counterparts.

    Black girls show the same proclivity for violence as black boys. No brained!

    • Erasmus

      Dian Fossey would have understood.

  • saxonsun

    41% of those living below the poverty line are white.

  • negrolocaust

    I cannot understand black speech; it sounds like lazy drunk mumbling to me, so I ignore blacks.

  • OlderWoman

    The Root should be rooted out. It’s a racist site. Like Field Negro, Very Smart Brothas. The articles usually read as if they were written by people like Rachel Jeantel.

  • Jefferson

    Do you live in The Bay Area ? Because most of the locations you mentioned are in the Bay.

  • Major

    Fifth generation “Trayvons” at less than 16 y/o beat a white kid on a school bus…these are the faces of “diversity and what it breeds.

    • The one on the right looks like he’s about as bright as a small appliance bulb. I can’t imagine anyone giving a rip about him dropping out of school. The one on the left isn’t much better, but libtards like to pretend that the inability of the schools to educate and civilize these critters is some sort of national tragedy.