COVID-19 has upended many parts of our lives, but systemic racism and long-standing racial and economic disparities remain—and this public health crisis has only magnified their effects. Black families and other families of color are disproportionately losing their lives and their livelihoods to this crisis.
If we want to stand up for children, we must ensure they have access to stable homes, quality health care, ample nutritious food, excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and access to resources and opportunities that enable them to reach their potential. That means providing relief to families now and taking steps to end poverty and abolish systemic barriers that hold our Black children and other children of color back at every step. Learn more about what the Children’s Defense Fund is doing to push for policy solutions that will help vulnerable children and families weather the storm today and break down barriers for children and families of color in the long term.