After viewing several videos and films, the idea that is sticking in my mind most is that youth of color are marked, to quote Michelle Alexander, “from cradle to grave”. In the TedTalk, Alexander used this phrasing to discuss how young POC, Black boys in particular, are targeted from an early age by law enforcement. She also stated that once an individual is faced with criminal charges and incarcerated, it is near impossible for them to return to a normal life. They will face discrimination in finding work, not have access to benefits such as food stamps, and can be turned away from both public and private housing. There are no options for people in this situation, and in fixating on Black youth, the criminal justice system essentially sets that population up for a perpetual disadvantaged state.
In today’s class, research involving Black children facing disciplinary action more often than their white classmates was presented, which reflected the “cradle to grave” notion even more.