|đ„Conference for the Black Child: After Child Q, Racist Police Out Our Schoolsđ„
đïž Sat 11 June
đ 11am â 5pm
Stoke Newington School, Hackney
A hybrid physical and online conference organising action to fight institutional racism in our schools in the wake of the Child Q outrageâŠ
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This week saw news come to light of another instance of a 15 year old child being strip searched by police. As the Guardian reported, her mother said the ordeal had a devastating impact on her childâs mental health. âShe became quite reclusive. She spent a lot of time in her room and she continued to self-harm in secret. She was saying that sheâs not going to be here any more and sheâs not going to live to be an adult,â she told the programme.
A few weeks later, her mother explained that her child attempted to take her own life.
The incident happened in December 2020, the same month that a 15-year-old black girl known as Child Q was strip-searched while menstruating by Met officers at her school in Hackney, east London.
The horrific treatment of Child Q by police had exposed the reality of institutional racism in education. As many of us were already aware from experiences of every day racism, the fresh news of another case has underlined the depths of institutional racism and the fact that Child Q was far from an isolated incident.
The angry response by students, parents and teachers shows the capacity to organise and demand real change.
We are now two years on from the police murder of George Floyd that sparked the powerful Black Lives Matter movement and brought institutional racism to the fore.
From Trojan Horse and Prevent to the exclusion and attainment of black children and young people, discrimination is at the heart of the British establishmentâs system.
The Conference for the Black Child initiative of the early 2000s, launched by Diane Abbott, aimed to address the racism in education.
The role of racist police in our schools is toxic. Child Q is not an anomaly. Data released by the Met Police showed that from 2019-2021, 5,279 children were strip searched by police, with 75 percent from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.This conference is about action to fight institutional racism in our schools. It will develop anti racist strategies and form fighting demands for change. We will not be silenced!