On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Naomi Schaefer Riley, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss her new book “No Way to Treat a Child: How the Foster Care System, Family Courts, and Racial Activists Are Wrecking Young Lives.”
“The lengths to which these people are willing to go to endanger the lives of children because they see this system as unnecessarily intrusive in the lives of these ‘victims,’ I think it’s just, it should outrage people,” Riley said. “And so these racial activists have kind of taken up this mantle that you hear all around you now about structural racism, about defunding the police, and they’re running with it and it is having some effect on the way child welfare agencies act.”
Riley said that the child welfare system shouldn’t be ruled by racial quotas but driven by the desire to protect children.
“The goal here is to serve people who have this need. If you have a higher rate of child maltreatment in the black population, then you have to protect more of those children, not, you know, shun them off your list because you want to make the Excel spreadsheets come out even,” Riley said. “But that is what is driving people’s mentality and it is baffling.”