The New Jane Crow: Foster Care as Punishment for Women of Color

If you’re a white middle-class mom and you lose your child in the supermarket for a few minutes, it’s scary and upsetting, but you don’t have Child Protective Services taking away your kid. Not so, according to this article, if you’re a poor African American mom. An advocate in Brooklyn says, “There’s this judgment that these mothers don’t have the ability to make decisions about their kids, and in that, society both infantilizes them and holds them to superhuman standards.” This article makes clear how mainstream white institutions treat people of color differently from white people — in what reporter Stephanie Clifford calls a case of “Jane Crow.”


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