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[Editorial] Living in colour—American children, race, and wellbeing

The image is burnished in many Americans’ minds. In 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, flanked by US Marshals, made her way to school through a throng of jeering protestors and made history by desegregating an elementary school in New Orleans, LA. Fast forward to July 6, 2016, and to another little girl, 4-year-old Dae’Anna, comforting her mother, Diamond Reynolds, who had just videoed the aftermath of the fatal shooting during a traffic stop of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, by a police officer. In addition to demonstrating a kind of a preternatural bravery in the face of terrible circumstances, what links these two girls is that they are both black.

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