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THE WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Black Youth in the News, April 1-8

The Plot to Demonize Black Youth — And Their Mothers, Too
Kristin Rawls, Alter Net, 4/7/12

“A disturbing trend is increasingly making national news in the United States: poor black mothers jailed for sending their children to schools outside their zoned school districts. The arrests of these mothers may seem novel, but given what we know about the criminal justice system’s propensity for arresting black adults and children at disproportionate rates, we shouldn’t be surprised. Not unlike truancy sweeps that target large numbers of black and poor children with legal sanctions for missing school, arrest for so-called “fraudulent enrollment” has become yet another avenue through which to target people of color.”

Other Stories:

Students, community members march for Trayvon Martin
Sarah Maslin, Yale Daily News, 4/2/12

Should a white guy lead the Black Student Union?
John Aravosis, American Blog, 4/2/12

Where is outrage for killings of Detroit youth?
Douglas Beilharz, Livingston Daily, 4/3/12

N.Y. Times: Proficiency of black students is found to be far lower than expected
John Moreno, LA Wave, 4/3/12

Finding a better approach to school discipline
Syda Segovia Taylor, San Antonio News

Keeping young Black men safe, in the age of Kendrec and Trayvon
Anthony Asadullah Samad, LA Wave, 4/4/12

Sacramento youth services center teaches nutrition
Grace Rubenstein, Sacramento Bee, 4/9/12

Urban Prep youths make their own path in life
Stephenie D. Neely, Chicago Sun-Times, 4/5/12

Calif. advocates push to reduce student suspensions by eliminating ‘willful defiance’ charge
Staff Writer, Washington Post, 4/7/12