Must Be Tuesday

High stakes test question: A female science student conducts an experiment with chemicals that explode in a classroom, causing no damage and no injuries. Who gets to be the adventurous teenage genius mad scientist and who gets to be the criminal led away in handcuffs facing two felonies to juvenile hall? If you’re a white girl check Box A, if you’re an intellectually curious black girl with good grades check Box B.What do you think?

When 16 year-old Kiera Wilmot was arrested and expelled from Bartow high school in Florida for a science experiment gone awry it exemplified a long American-as-apple pie tradition of criminalizing black girls. In many American classrooms black children are treated like ticking time bomb savages, shoved into special education classes, disproportionately suspended and expelled–then warehoused in opportunity schools, juvenile jails and adult prisons. Yet, while national discourse on the connection between school discipline and mass incarceration typically focuses on black males, black girls are suspended more than boys of every other ethnicity (except black males). At a Georgia elementary school in 2012 a six-year-old African American girl was handcuffed by the police after throwing a tantrum in the principal’s office.[i] Handcuffing disruptive black elementary school students is not uncommon. It is perhaps the most extreme example of black children’s initiation into what has been characterized as the school-to-prison pipeline, or, more accurately, the cradle to grave pipeline. Stereotypes about dysfunctional violent black children ensure that the myth of white children’s relative innocence is preserved.
~ Sikivu Hutchinson, Feminist Wire
There is little that I can add to the Kiera Wilmot discussion except for...where's this vigilance and zero tolerance with the white kids who actually do inflict irreparable harm to others in school?

Oh...right...never mind.


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  1. I saw this on the news and all I can say is I'm so glad that I will be done with Florida in two months.
    Crazy stuff has happened before in science experiments like fires and such but I didn't see any students handcuffed, expelled or anything extreme like that.
    Whoever is prosecuting this brilliant young child is a major Douche!

  2. Fill these inboxes:

    Superintendent's email: and office phone: (863) 534-0500
    Polk County School Board head: and phone (863) 533-4392
    City police:


  3. I'm just going to repost someone else's comment:

    “Oh so the girl who pops a cap off a bottle gets tried as an adult but the boys who gang-raped a girl get tried as juveniles. That makes total sense!”


    The Steubenville rapists can't be charged as adults because that would ruin their bright futures, and we can't have that! Hasn't there been a time when someone was passed out and you sexually assaulted them, then took pictures of it with your phone and shared it with your friends? Everyone has youthful indiscretions like that, that's nothing to get alarmed over. One year in juvie should teach them not to be sociopathic.

    But this girl? The honor student who mixed some vinegar and baking soda or something and hurt absolutely no one, and never had any intentions to hurt anyone? Her ass need to be in federal prison and have a record that's going to follow her for the rest of her life. What was she going to do next? Build some rockets for NASA? Naw son! We can't have that! I can't possibly see what good comes of an honor student indulging her scientific curiosity and expanding her mind.

    1. That just goes to show you how ass backwards our country is. America has its priorities mixed up.

  4. These people are just ridiculous. They know exactly what they are doing. You cannot stop the lil Michelle Obama's of the world so don't bother trying!

  5. If the principal came to her defense, who expelled her?

  6. The next time someone tells me that education and/or wealth will win you the respect of people, I will use Kiera as a great example to why it isn't true. With junk like this, its no wonder why people are homeschooling their kids.
    Man, if this is what going to school is all about, I'll skip it.

    1. Currently me and my friends dilemma. I and the other commenters on here,I'm sure, can write several books about the institutional racism in the American Education system

    2. Geez! The American Educational system is soooo screwed it's not even funny and were going deep into an abyss because of junk like what were reading about Kiera. Far as I'm concerned, the U.S. will never be a world power in education. You can't be creative, honest and diversify out education without something controversial coming up about it.

      Also,don't be Black. It wasn't supposed to be meant for us to be educated (At least reading and writing,but even when the slavemasters didn't give Blacks the right to do it,we were/are still smart.. by having tons of common sense. That is something that can never be taken away), but it happened and they.. as mentioned on here... want to send us to prisons and to keep us down.

      The U.S. was founded on bias and racism and unfortunately will end that way. Some people thought that Obama's presidency would heal racism. It didn't. Prejudice is what hurting our country.. and will keep them and our country near the bottom.

      I still think about the centuries old "joke" about an educated Black man being the White man's worst nightmare. That their greatest fear. As long as they think they can keep Black people down,they will.

  7. America wants African American youth to be more academic and intellectual, and when a young black female does something INTELLECTUAL, she is demonised. White America as their best, ladies and gentlemen.

  8. *handclaps *Amen!

  9. Corners of the black blogosphere are ringing the homeschooling bell in response to this mess.

    Anyone have any thoughts on homeschooling or the "unschooled" movement with respect to black children? Should black parents, when/where possible, just opt out of the public system entirely? Is this a viable alternative for a significant number of black children?

    I know exactly two black people that have been homeschooled. And frankly, they're pretty brilliant. But how much of their brilliance can be attributed to natural aptitude, awesome parenting, or their homeschooling experience is debatable.

    1. Anyone have any thoughts on homeschooling or the "unschooled" movement with respect to black children? Should black parents, when/where possible, just opt out of the public system entirely? Is this a viable alternative for a significant number of black children?

      If done right. It definitely needs to be explored as an option. Black teachers could rounds in black neighborhoods.

    2. I personally feel everyone has potential to be a genius. Not just those persons thought to be so b/c of some medical test or IQ exam. I think it's a matter of tapping into your child's potential and finding what methods of learning work best for him/her. That can be extremely difficult when parents do not have the time or resources to dedicate to their children's learning. Personally I think most kids would be capable of doing "gifted" courses but those programs are designed to be selective and exclusive rather than building up children from the get go to exceed at a much faster rate. Our system is designed so that most kids will work below an optimum level, but well enough to graduate and possibly go on to college.

    3. "Our system is designed so that most kids will work below an optimum level, but well enough to graduate and possibly go on to college."

      Yeah, I think that's the whole crux of the unchooled movement. That the education system, as it's currently constituted, ultimately stunts the full intellectual development of the vast majority of most students. And that if we offer children a less rigid, less structured enviroment in which they can explore those things which they are drawn to naturally,they'll have a richer, more meaningful learning experience, and a more fully developed intellect.

      It's hard to unravel the correlative from the causative. What,exactly, is the alchemy that works to allow people to realize their potential? Plus, how does this scale? Every child does not live in a safe home, and every child does not have parents who have the interest in, ability, or resources (you've gotta have at least one parent who can stay home, right?) to execute a home-based schooling plan.

      Even so, the idea is becoming more and more attractive to me as it seems that the US is not terribly interested in taking up the charge of educational equity with respect to black children(FL's race-based testing targets, anyone?).


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