"A powerful indictment of the cultural beliefs, policies, and practices that criminalize and dehumanize Black girls in America, coupled with thoughtful analysis and critique of the justice work that must be done at the intersection of race and gender."
–Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
"If you ever doubted that Supremacy Crimes–those devoted to maintaining hierarchy–are rooted in both sex and race, read Pushout
. Monique Morris tells us exactly how schools are crushing the spirit and talent that this country needs."
"This book is imperative reading, not only for educators and those in the justice system but–perhaps especially–for anyone who loves and sleeps down the hall from a young, developing African American woman."
–Lisa Delpit, author of "Multiplication Is for White People" and Other People's Children
"A dynamic call to action. Black girls' exposure to being pushed out of school and set on paths to incarceration, physical and economic insecurity, and social marginality is so movingly set forth by Morris that it can no longer be ignored. Pushout
is essential reading for all who believe that Black lives matter."
–Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-editor of Critical Race Theory and co-author of the reports "Say Her Name" and "Black Girls Matter"
"At a moment when footage of institutional assaults on young Black men emerges with a horrifying regularity comes a timely and indispensable look at the often invisible oppression of girls of color. Pushout
blazes with the voices of young women fighting for their dignity, safety, and the fundamental right to a future."
–Nell Bernstein, author of Burning Down the House and All Alone in the World
"Despite increased attention to the mass and over-incarceration of Black men, the plight of criminalized Black women and girls is overlooked, underreported, and underanalyzed. Finally, a compelling narrative that tells us the heartrending story of how schools are culpable in re-victimizing some of our most vulnerable citizens. This is a must-read for educators, juvenile justice officials, parents, and the entire community."
–Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Morris's sharp analysis and the compassionate way she contextualizes these stories will surely compel readers to take action against the injustices that Black girls experience in schools and beyond."
–Beth E. Richie, author of Arrested Justice
"A road map for educators and policymakers who want to address the unique ways in which black girls are placed in the school-to-prison pipeline."
–Erica L. Green, The New York Times