We hear a lot about the toil it takes on adults but rarely do we heard about the helpless child witnessing the adult go through it.
Racism and social inequality don’t just affect adults. The article states why they have a profound impact on the mental health of children of color.
We romanticized the images of oppressive life of children a hundred year ago such as the orphans train children and such because that’s the past and there is nothing we can do about it. But blatantly ignores the system and structure that place many children in the same situation in the present day.
This reality had a lot to do with my creating a diversion of characters. It was important that these children read about a child experiencing much of the same things they have experienced. That’s why I didn’t write Bea Wyett and her friends as traditional middle class children.