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Reply to "Police Brutality vs. Spanking your child (a.k.a child abuse)"

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Originally posted by HeruStar:
How do these statistics coexist with the fact that white women are doing most of the abuse? If their is a greater portion of white children being abused by parents, then why doesn't that reflect in the foster care statitistics?


"While middle and upper middle class people do occasionally get visited by child protective workers, they are usually able to fend off an investigation by calling in attorneys who protect their interests. By contrast, poorer people who become entangled with the system are often unaware of their rights and unable to afford good legal representation. They are more often "used" to government intervention in their lives and more likely to live in neighborhoods where informing is part of the culture."

I think that's a valid explanation for the disproportionate number of our children in the system. However, I would add that social workers show more deference to white middle-class mothers than they do for the poor and non-whites and that deference, or reverence, blinds them to seeing what is really there.
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