REPORT: Black students suspended three times as often as white peers

No state in the country has greater concerns with disciplinary discrimination than Minnesota.

In an in-depth New York Times article published on Sunday, it was revealed that nationally, black students are suspended from school at three times the rate of their white peers. But in the state of Minnesota, that number nearly triples, as black students are suspended eight times as often as white students.

A telling part of the story reveals the descriptive language used towards black students as opposed to their white counterparts. White children with behavioral issues were labeled as “gifted but can’t use his words,” or “high strung.” Other descriptions included “had a hard day.”

Conversely, black students were labeled as “destructive” and “violent,” as well as “cannot be managed.

Read the full NY Times story HERE.

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