We have all been subjected to questions about our race/ethnicity: American Indian…Alaska Native… Asian…Black/African American…Native Hawaiian…Other Pacific Islander…White…
Hispanic/Latino…Middle Eastern…Other? Although you will never see it in writing, African-American girls are also subjected to additional “colorist” descriptors: High Yellow…Chocolate…Red Bone…Coffee-Colored…Dark… For these females there also exists an unfair threshold of “acceptable blackness” in social circles, employment and sometimes within their own families.
What does it REALLY mean to be black in America? As long as there have been blacks in the new world, this has been an issue up for debate. But for African American girls, these questions of racial identity and physical appearance – light skin vs. dark skin, straight hair vs. kinky hair, etc. – often manifest themselves in ways that are detrimental to them and to other girls. This media-fueled war wages on in the inner circle of black girls. This webinar will be filled with “ah-ha moments” that can be taken away and shared for the betterment of school culture. The presenter will also discuss best practices as they relate to teaching and mentoring African-American girls.
This revealing 90-minute webinar elucidates the historical cultural and social factors behind girl bullying among African Americans today. “Sankofa” – the practice of looking backward in order to move forward – is a principle and practice that was once commonplace among African American people. In a television- and internet-focused environment, emphasis has moved away from “sankofa,” as young girls began looking to popular culture, searching for a sense of who they are. Consequently, music and media have not wasted any time telling these girls who they should be. When your pop-culture sense of self clashes with what you see in the mirror everyday, girls can become angry and lash out – most likely at each other. Black Girl Blues is a presentation that attempts to tackle these issues from a historical platform.
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Carolyn Strong is an educator with more than 10 years of experience working with inner- city youth. She is currently Dean of Students in a high school serving more than 2,100 young people. In this role as disciplinarian, she witnesses and confronts bullying daily by creating and implementing prevention programs in conjunction with traditional discipline. She holds multiple Master’s degrees in both curriculum and educational leadership and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and social inquiry. Carolyn's research focuses on bullying and the black aesthetic, girl bullying and minority representation in gifted education. She is the founder of BulliesStink.com and has conducted training at schools throughout the Chicagoland area. Carolyn has also presented on the topic of Black Girl Blues at several regional and national conferences – including the recent National Conference on Girl Bullying.