A child of color enters a world where he or she will grow and learn bearing the burdens of inequality. When you raise a child of color, you know that your beloved child will be affected by both the legacy of our country’s racist history and the persistent current realities of racial injustice.
These realities for children of color include, among others: a greater chance of being poor, higher rates of both serious and chronic illnesses, a greater risk of going hungry, separate and unequal neighborhood schools, a higher chance of being a victim of violence, and a disproportionate risk of entering both the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system.
Our society’s neglect of systems that should protect and serve our kids is partially rooted in the institutionalization of racial inequality. But the neglect hurts white children as well as children of color. Although disproportionate numbers of children of color are poor, the majority of poor children are white. Ending racial inequalities and disparities is a key step toward remedying flaws in the programs and policies that all children and families depend on and improves the lives of all children. Additionally, white children raised in our unequal society learn to recreate inequality. To create a more just and equal future where all kids can thrive we must offer children a vision and practical model of fair and equitable practices.
In every one of our campaigns we seek to identify and change the racial disparities and inequalities that affect kids and compromise those dreams. There’s much more for the Children’s Alliance to do to address racial justice. Ending racial inequalities that affect kids is integral to our vision and how we measure our success.