New Report Finds Black Girls Viewed As Less Innocent than White Peers

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A new report from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality delves deep into adultification bias, a stereotype in which adults view Black girls as more adult and less innocent than their white peers.

The center released a similar report in 2017, which found that adults view Black girls as young as 5 to 14 years old as less innocent than white girls. That report revealed that adults also believe that young Black girls need less protection and nurturing than their white peers.

The report, which was released on May 15, asked Black girls and women to share their experiences with adultification bias. Black girls as young as 12 and Black women as old as 60 reported routinely experiencing adultification bias as children.

“Our new research elevates the voices of Black women and girls themselves, who told us that they are routinely affected by this form of…

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