TV: Child Advocates: Undoing Racism

Racism is referred to as America's original sin, from the brutality of slavery, to the dehumanization of Jim Crow, and the current race tensions in America. Finding a resolution for racism appears to be as far out of reach as ever before. It is in our court systems where the issue of race has been fought over and defined for decades. Despite these landmark rulings in favor of exterminating racism, the issue still exists.

Child Advocates has been fighting for the rights of African-American children in the child welfare system, as well as attempting to destroy the prejudices in our community. "Undoing Racism" is their ultimate goal. Child Advocates is an organization that serves abused and neglected children, and provides special advocates to represent them in court as well as the foster care system.

Studies show that the number of African-American children in the child welfare system is much higher than for children of other racial backgrounds. Child Advocates wanted to find an answer as to why so many African-American children are entering the foster care system, and to look at the biases within the child welfare system which might make cause advocates to treat a black child differently from a white child.

In 2010, Child Advocates reached out to an anti-racism training institution in New Orleans called the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond to host a number of "Undoing Racism" workshops for people working in child welfare system as well as the rest of the community.

Today, Child Advocates serves as a model for anti-racism training for organizations throughout Indiana.

Thursday August 31, 2017 10:00 PM
Thursday August 31, 2017 11:00 PM
WTIU channel 30
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This event is part of Themester 2017 Diversity Difference Otherness.
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