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Black students are staging walkouts to protest racism and bullying at their schools. 

Dec 14 2021

Black students are staging walkouts to protest racism and bullying at their schools. In a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, about 1.3 million students ages 12-18-years-old were bullied for their race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation during the 2018-2019 school year. In the same year, 1.6 million students were subjected to hate speech due to their identity, and Black students in particular are most often victims of this type of harassment. We told you that young people think racism is getting worse in the U.S., and in some high schools around the country, students have been taking matters into their own hands. In one high school in Oregon, several students walked out of their school after a “widely circulated” video of students using racial slurs was posted to Instagram. Meanwhile, a Black teen at a Minnesota high school who was the target of racist verbal attacks began organizing protests at her school and speaking at rallies addressing similar incidents. A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics reveals that young adults who experience discrimination about their bodies, race, age, or sex have “a greater risk” of dealing with mental health problems than those who do not. Psychologist Charity Brown Griffin says that while diversity training and initiatives targeting systemic issues can help students, another way to protect them is to “create a buffer” from negative experiences by encouraging positive feelings toward their racial identity and culture. (CNNThe Root)