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Anton Ivanov / Shutterstock Earlier this month, in response to a growing international condemnation of the April 14th kidnapping of more than 300 Nigerian girls, Abubakar Shekau, a leader of the terrorist group Boko Haram, made a defiant statement that will live with me forever. On his intentions with the 276 kidnapped girls that remain cheap Canada Goose missing, Shekau stated, “I will Canada Goose sale sell them in the market, by Allah.”The outcry on social media was swift canada goose coats on sale and strong–#BringBackOurGirls continues to be a popular demand among those hoping for their safe return. President Obama has committed U.S. resources to help in the search for these girls and Michelle Obama weighed in to say that she was “outraged and heartbroken” over the kidnapping—all of which I feel was appropriate and overdue. That said, what has been painfully underdeveloped in our collective critique of Boko Haram, the vulnerabilities of girls, and even discussions about human and sex trafficking are the hundreds of Black girls in the U.S. who suffer the same fate as their sisters in West Africa.These are serious and dangerous times to be a Black girl child—and I’m not just talking about in Nigeria.Our demands for justice with respect to the Nigeran girls should be separated from a call to action Canada Goose Online for African American girls canada goose replica who are abused, kidnapped, commodified, and “sold in the market” each https://www.canadagooseoutletcanada.ca day—right here at home. Black females are 40% of confirmed sex trafficking victims in the U.S. but under-represented in news coverage on missing children and over-represented among women and girls arrested for prostitution. Perhaps as buy canada goose jacket a function of the deafening silence on their presence “in the market,” African American girls remain vulnerable to kidnap, rape, and commercial exploitation.In an interview that I canada goose deals conducted last year for my own research, a Canada Goose Coats On Sale 13-year old African American girl told Canada Goose online me, “When you’re a prostitute, ‘cause I have been one for a couple of canada goose coats months now, like, when you’re a prostitute, you gotta stop going to school because [prostituting] is something that Canada Goose Jackets you canada goose clearance sale have to do all day…[but] you could still go to school for like, a couple of months. You could still get your education…that’s if he lets you.”If he lets you…Black girls in the U.S. are too often left out of the public outcry against sexual exploitation, and instead are presented as “prostitutes” who “choose” to participate in the sex trade. Latent in our willingness to canada goose store cast them as willing participants in this underground economy are racialized gender stereotypes about the hyper-sexualization of Black girls—a myth that was historically used to justify the rape Canada Goose Outlet of enslaved Black females, and which has since morphed into a stereotype about “fast” Black girls that renders them vulnerable to multiple forms of abuse.Nola Brantley, Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY)—an organization that predominantly serves African American young canada goose black friday sale women—said that the public’s failure to embrace Black girls as “trafficked” may also be a function of how Black girls present to the public when they are still under the watchful eye of their predator, pimp, and/or gang. Brantley argues that sexually exploited Black girls are not choosing to participate in the sex trade; they are in the traumatic throes of a “domino effect” canada goose clearance of choices made for them.“Did they choose to grow up in poverty? Did they choose sexual abuse? Did they choose to get raped, some of them before they could walk? canadian goose jacket Did they choose to grow up in a world where women and girls are not safe?” asked Brantley. “As women and girls become more sexualized in the world, the more they are seen as property.”But Black girls are fully human—they are more than “a little Black ho” or a thing to break and/or take.African American girls have been our forgotten daughters in responses to the global convergence of racial and gender inequality. But this cannot continue. We have Canada Goose Parka a buy canada goose jacket cheap responsibility to continue to address the acts of terror that canada goose objectify and victimize girls, of all racial and ethnic affiliations, anywhere in the world. Recognizing that there is a universal threat to the safety and wellbeing of all of “our” girls, I pray for the safe return of the more than 200 Nigerian girls who remain missing, as well as for every other girl in a similar predicament.Monique canada goose outlet W. Morris, Ed.D. is an author and social justice scholar. For more information, visit moniquewmorris.com and follow Dr. Morris on Twitter @MoniqueWMorris.