My intention is not to be inflammatory about the court case decision that has left many deeply disturbed, upset, angered, and uniting in protest across the nation… but I came across this news clip that reverberates with the Zhou and Lee article we recently read. In particular, it speaks to the characterization of youths by those in power (law makers, researchers, media makers, etc.) through the language of criminality. It seems like the Chicago School is not dead after all… especially as it pertains to racialized groups.
The following words by Bashir struck me:
“They insist on imposing on his slight young frame an identity that implies criminality, juvenile delinquency, and the all-around characteristics of a troublemaker…this is a gross form of character assassination on a child, a dead child.”