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IN THE NEWS | What ‘Adultification’ Theory Gets Wrong About Violence Against Black Youth

“But the adultification thesis gets things backwards, in part because it relies too heavily on popular representations of protected ‘childhood innocence’ rather than on the actual histories and experiences of children. In reality, the history of childhood in the west is a dark and brutal story of mistreatment, sexualization, and murder.”

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IN THE NEWS | Police Have Killed at Least Five Children in the Past Month Alone

Age also matters. Police are more likely to use or threaten to use force in their interactions with younger people than adults. And they are significantly more likely to shoot an unarmed, nonattacking teenager than an adult. Unarmed teenagers are nearly five times more likely to be shot to death by police than similarly nonattacking middle-aged people.

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IN THE NEWS | The Columbus Mayor Called Ma’Khia Bryant a ‘Young Woman.’ Here’s Why People Are Angry

Advocates, scholars and doctors characterized the adultification bias emerging in the aftermath of Ma’Khia’s death as a form of misogynoir — a term coined by Black feminist scholar Moya Bailey. It’s a way to describe how “anti-Blackness and misogyny combine to malign Black women in our world,” Bailey wrote.

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