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Pet Sins August 2001

Police detain black honor student but send white and Asian classmates home

My friends (a straight white couple) who adopted [an African American boy] had few race-related/adoption problems when their son was young but as he has grown into a large teen they are experiencing racial prejudices and fears. For example, when their son and a group of his friends, (all honor students) were picked up for breaking curfew and window peeping, the other boys (all white or Asian) were sent home while he was kept in juvenile detention until his parents came to pick him up. They have chosen to live in a very racially mixed neighborhood and bus him to a majority white school.

Apr 1999