3 ways racism is affecting lives of black children

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Even after so many movements against racism, black children are still being targeted by law enforcement at a rate higher than the white children in the U.S. They are still the victims of racism at school. The study shows that black children who are born into middle-class families are most likely to be at the same economic level as their parents. But this will not be so for white children. Here is a list of issues that black children face every day.

• Black children are more likely to be suspended or expelled from school. Black children make up only 18% of preschoolers in the country, but they constitute half of out-of-school suspensions.

• Black boys are considered less innocent and older looking compared to white children. A 10-year old black boy is not considered to be a child, whereas a 10-year old white boy is. Due to this discrimination, many black children are forced into the criminal justice system at a very young age.

• Most children who are sentenced to life without parole are black. In America, there is about 2,500 youth who are sentenced to life without parole, and 60% of them are black Americans.

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All these racial issues force black parents to raise their children in such a way that they can face these daily consequences of being a black American. They even have to teach their children how to deal with police officers and they have the highest risk of being arrested for minor issues or no reason at all.

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