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10 Ways Racism Robs Black Children of Their Childhood

There are tons of “teen anthems” that encourage their listeners to live life in the fast lane and be adventurous. There is also a general expectation that young children will make mistakes out of pure naivety, and while they should still be held accountable for their mistakes, they should also be offered the chance to learn from them. Unfortunately, for many Black children and teens, life doesn’t quite work the same way as it does for their white counterparts. Rather than learning from mistakes or feeling free to take risks, they have to tiptoe through their childhood, understanding that any misstep could prove to be detrimental to their lives.

Stand Your Ground Laws Are the New Reason to Be Home Before the Streetlights Come On

Almost every Black adult remembers the time their parents told them to be home before the streetlights come up. It used to be that this was mainly because it was time to come in for dinner and prepare for school the next day. Now, Stand Your Ground laws give parents a new reason to ensure their children are in the house before dark. The self-defense laws seem to operate on the premise that Black teens are frightening enough to shoot – especially if it’s dark outside.

Black Children Literally Can’t Afford to Get Sick

Many Black families across the U.S. can’t afford health insurance and this means they also can’t afford proper care for their children if they are injured or sick. According to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation of statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau back in March, nearly every state in America has substantially higher numbers of uninsured Black citizens than their white counterparts. So while white children can afford to take part in risky adventures or break a bone or two practicing awesome skateboard tricks, many Black children have to approach playtime much more cautiously.

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4 thoughts on “10 Ways Racism Robs Black Children of Their Childhood

  1. Matt Terrell says:

    Lol yea this list laughable

  2. Hanna Moe says:

    Why are all of these white people always leaving disrespectful comments on this site?
    there's nothing laughable about children being robbed their childhood.

  3. Matt Terrell That is because you or your children have never experienced racism. White supremacy benefits whites, no racism for whites under the system, it does not target whites, you are good to go. White supremacy does not work for whites, unless they misuse, abuse, and take other people's stuff. You got it? White supremacy/racism destroys blacks, the racist do not have a sense of fairness, white supremacy/racism/racist, only knows invading, colonizing, holding blacks in slavery, working for free, and every other crime in the book. We will get back what was stolen from us, whites wouldn't have shit if they had not held blacks in slavery for hundreds of years, and you have the audacity to be sarcastic about it, even though you are proving what I say about many whites, like you. Go ahead, say something else racist, I bet you will, it makes you tick, what you said was racist, but I bet you have something way more racist than what you said in your post.

  4. Mat Terrell Your comment is not only racist, but you are attacking our children, racist have no limitations when they spew their racism.

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