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"How can I trust it now?" Wary of the system, Black families opt for remote learning


September 22, 2020

Clarice Doctor decided not to send her daughter back for in-person classes due to the risk of the coronavirus. Courtesy of Clarice Doctor

For Clarice Doctor, a single mom in New Jersey, asking her daughter to start her senior year through distance learning rather than her high school's in-person option was one of the hardest moments she's had as a parent. But for her family, it was the only option that felt safe.

Doctor had many reasons. She shares a home with her parents, who are at high risk for the coronavirus. She's concerned about the virus's deadly impact on communities of color. She's noticed other families not taking it as seriously as her own.

But her biggest concern is one that began long before the outbreak of COVID-19: As a Black woman, she said, she doesn't trust the system to work for her.


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