Shmuly Yanklowitz has always despised racism. But becoming a foster parent to children of color has invited a new feeling regarding its ugly grasp on our society: fear. He writes, “”I’ve started to imagine, and feel, just a bit of the weight my foster children will bear as they grow up, and they’re out of the world. I find myself worrying about future discrimination that they might face, or hostility they might endure.”
As he’s cared for a variety of children from various ethnic backgrounds, racism has become a much more visible part of his everyday life.
“They’re defenseless in the way all children are, but also susceptible to a world where they will be constantly underestimated and undervalued because of the color of their skin – a reality, of course, that’s already the obvious and routine-lived experience of countless individuals, but a revelation for me.”