In American cities throughout the North and South, discriminatory discipline emerged or increased during desegregation, creating a “pushout” phenomenon in which the repeated use of suspension compelled students to drop out of school.
Matt Kautz of Eastern Michigan University will virtually present his paper “From Segregation to Suspension: School Discipline in Boston Schools & the Rise of Mass Incarceration,” with comment by Robert W. Widell Jr. of the University of Rhode Island, on Tuesday, April 25th from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Kautz’s paper examines the changes within Boston’s school during court-ordered desegregation by tracing how city and school officials criminalized Black youth through the discretionary issuance of suspension, deployment of police into schools, and use of suspension statistics to rationalize punitive education and law enforcement reforms. It situates these changes within Boston’s changing economy to illuminate how school criminalization and punishment contributed to the rise of mass incarceration.
The Dina G. Malgeri Modern American Society & Culture Seminar invites you to join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper.
Th program will begin at 5 pm and will be held both virtually via Zoom, and in-person at the Massachusetts Historical Society. For more information or to register, click here.
Photo: Demonstrators picket protesting segregation in front of a school board office in Missouri in the early 1960s (National Archives).