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Who's checkin' for Black girls and women in the "pandemic within a pandemic"? COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and educational implications

Pennant, April-Louise ORCID: 2022. Who's checkin' for Black girls and women in the "pandemic within a pandemic"? COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and educational implications. Educational Review 74 (3) , pp. 534-557. 10.1080/00131911.2021.2023102

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While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt widely, for Black communities – particularly in the US and Britain – it was felt more severely. This was compounded by another deadly pandemic that was devastating Black communities and evidenced by the re-emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement after the murder of George Floyd. Parallels can be drawn between the deadly COVID-19 virus and the anti-Black systemic racism fuelling the existence of the Black Lives Matter movement – which both disproportionately kill Black people. Therefore, many within these communities are living in a “pandemic within a pandemic”. Still, the focus on Black boys and men continued the parallels between both pandemics, failing to include the plight of Black girls and women who are also enduring the same impact as their Black male counterparts. This paper draws upon previous doctoral research about the educational journeys and experiences of Black British women graduates in light of the educational implications of the “pandemic within a pandemic” for this group. Framed by Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice (BTP) within the context of Black Feminist Epistemology (BFE), it highlights that Black women and girls have to bear an unfair “burden of care” not only for themselves but for others too. Lastly, it will argue that now more than ever, due to the “pandemic within a pandemic”, as a society we all need to be checkin’ for Black girls and women as they have been silently suffering, navigating and overcoming for far too long.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0013-1911
Date of Acceptance: 14 December 2021
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 10:44

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