In February, President Barack Obama stood before a group of African-American boys (and other boys of color) in the White House to announce his $200 million dollar initiative, "My Brother's Keeper," an effort to help African-American young males reach their full potential. It was an important moment, a chance for the president to acknowledge that the nation's long history of racial disparities has left some disadvantaged. But noticeably absent from the press conference were African-American girls.
There is a myth that African-American girls generally fare better than African-American boys — that they somehow have it easier. This creates a potentially damaging narrative that may ultimately prevent society from truly empowering these young women.
Here are seven myths that we need to stop repeating when it comes to African-American women and the achievement gap.