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Old December 29th, 2015, 01:17 PM   #1
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Restorative Justice Gives Our Children Dignity in US Schools

Restorative Justice Gives Our Children Dignity in US Schools

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The deadly attacks against Black bodies made by police officers in our communities are mirrored by physical attacks against Black bodies made by officers in our schools.

The October 2015 physical assault of a Black student who refused to leave her desk in South Carolina's Spring Valley High School was a particularly acute example of this, but in reality a spectrum of related violence is directed at Black students every day.

Black children are more likely to be physically disciplined in US schools than any other racial group. Black children are also more likely to be suspended than other children - even when the offense they commit is the same. That final detail is critical. It is difficult to imagine a blond girl of the same age and attitude flung about like a doll. It is hard to imagine white children forced into silent stillness, a kind of sublimation, as a classmate is body-slammed, lifted and then tossed across the room.
Restorative justice is enabling schools to create spaces where our children can heal rather than experience further harm.

The obvious normalization of aggressive law enforcement incursions into Spring Valley classrooms is further proven by the covert way other students recorded the incident. Children in fear remain rigidly in place when an adult muscles one of them onto the ground. Children for whom this level of violence is routine do not rise in panic as they bear witness. Children aware that they will be targeted for recording it all pull their phones back into their bags in fear. Yet some students bravely acted as allies and did in fact catch it all for the girl in their class.

In their video, Richland County Deputy Ben Fields towers over her. He grabs her neck. He yanks her backward. He slams her on her back. She is still in her chair. He lifts her off the ground. He throws her several feet.

She is a child. We do not see her face. We do not know her name. She is too young for that.

She is not an anomaly. This is not some rare occurrence - and it is not limited to the actions of officers. Nineteen states still allow corporal punishment in schools. Twelve of those states were part of the Confederacy. Yet all evidence supports the idea that physical assaults against young people increase violence, decrease learning and disrupt school life.
This institutionalized racism is going to come to a head and end soon. There are not enough racists in this nation to keep this going on. Today's youth are NOT the racist of the Born Again evangelical youth of the past. They don't justify and inferiority of the black race with bastardized and rewritten biblical justifications.
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Photoshop much?
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Photoshop much?
Not really. I just search for a certain narrative on google IMAGES, such as kill da white people. Then, I use the picture that fits my mood of the current narrative that is being discussed.
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