‘Crack Babies’: Black Children Defy Stereotypes, Face Bias

Britney is a playful little girl. By mid-morning one Thursday in early January, she had put her hot pink sweater and pink, polka-dot pants on inside out and backwards, covered her face with shaving cream and painted a sheet of paper completely blue, titling the picture “daddy.” She’s also antsy. Sitting for a lesson is difficult. Her squirminess lands her wrapped in the teacher’s lap. And she’s needy.

Losing Their Children: As State Cracks Down on Parents, Black Families Splinter

Life stopped for Joanne and Jerry Nicholas at 10:30 a.m. on July 27, 1993. Investigators from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services knocked on their door and took away their six children, ages 1 year to 7 years. A recent visit found the couple sitting in their home, contemplating their loss. Their three-bedroom house, once full of activity, is now silent. “I can’t let go of the baby bed,” said Joanne Nicholas, 31, standing in her living room in Englewood on Chicago’s South Side as she recalled the day officials took the baby away.