Welcome to the 12th week of The Challenge!

Our 18-Week Challenge gives us an opportunity to read articles, listen to podcasts, and view videos dealing with the roots of racial injustice, the systemic racist policies in our institutions, and our own misconceptions of racism. The Challenge creates a dedicated time and space for us to reflect on our own personal experiences, biases, and assumptions. Each week you will be sent a new prompt to explore.

If you have just decided to join the Challenge or if you want to revisit previous week’s materials, you can find them on our website: https://ncjwcns.org/actions/antiracism/

Week 12: November 13, 2020

Last week, we looked at how Black women are impacted by both systemic racism and gender inequities. This week we look at what is known as “adultification bias”, a term used to refer to the perception of Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than white girls of the same age. This week’s article A Battle of the Souls of Black Girls, by Erica L. Green, Mark Walker and Eliza Shapiro, gives examples of adultification and how it impacts the lives of Black girls. Also, there’s a short video by The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Equity explaining adultification and a call to action to #endadultificationbias.

If you want to read the stories of Black girls and women who have experienced adultification, visit this website:

Post your reaction to this week’s prompt. Discuss it with other Challenge participants. Join our closed Facebook Group. Here’s how: Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/602463427350589, click join and answer the three membership questions.