The Case for Race-Blind Foster Care Removal Decisions

Latagia Tyronce’s two children were playing and one, a toddler, was burned by a blow-dryer. Despite the support of the children’s grandmother, and the compelling evidence that this was an accident, Ohio’s Lucas County Department of Children’s Services removed Tyronce’s children and she was arrested for felony child endangerment.

What if the decision to remove and/or arrest were made blindly, without knowing that Tyronce was a young, black mother? It is a question that might make white people uncomfortable, but one that weighs on the minds of black and brown families throughout the country. Would I be judged the same if the “jury” could not see anything but relevant facts?

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