Convicted of a felony for sending her children to school in the wrong school district and unable to receive her teaching degree because of the felony. Couldn’t ask for a better example of intersectionality— how anti-black racism, gender and poverty intersect—to reinforce this woman’s status as a non-citizen, bad mother and felon. This violation of human rights is only possible due to the racial segregation in US schools and neighbourhoods and the relegation of poor black people to second-class citizens who are seen as seeking to defraud the state. If this woman and her children were seen as citizens with the right to the best education possible she would never face a day in court.
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image & story source: Dr. Boyce Watkins