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  To the Editor:

  I am humbly honored to have been featured in “Slandering the Unborn” (“A Woman’s Rights” editorial series, nytimes.com, Dec. 28). As one of the mothers who suffered during the 1990s crack epidemic, I want to thank The New York Times for its apology for how it demonized mothers like me and for its brilliant journalism. The apology is welcomed, and it gives me hope.

  I want to apologize as well — to society, the media, my family and my children. My child welfare case happened because of my drug use, which was due to untreated trauma in my childhood. Without my using drugs, my son would not have been born with drugs in his system, and my parental rights to both my daughter and son would not have been terminated.

  The broken entity that is child welfare system and the racism that is so embedded in this society had prominent roles in how my child welfare case played out. Nevertheless, the ultimate responsibility of not having raised my children rests with me.

  This country’s war on drugs was intended to be a system of social control. Yet the war on drugs has instead become a system of social chaos. American citizens, including drug users, have rights. My rights were violated numerous times during my child welfare case, and my family was wrongfully torn apart. When families are wrongfully torn apart, the results are devastating. When the fundamental relationship of every human being — the relationship of a child with his or her mother — is severed, the effects can be irreversible.

  I had been sober for over two years at the time I was coerced to sign away my parental rights, despite numerous accomplishments and evidence of a rehabilitated life. Being black was used against me. Yet there were other factors that compounded the racism and unjust treatment, including my being a woman who was poor, with an unstable living situation, unmarried and, of course, a drug user.

  More important than the demonization of me is the victimization of my son. My son was taken from me at birth, with the only basis for removal being a single drug test. A single drug test is not an indicator of the type of mother a woman will be toward her child.

  Authorities made forceful efforts to intrude into the lives of families during the 1990s “war on drugs.” Unjust laws like the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 were signed. This act needs to be repealed. The year that it was passed was the year that I entered a 90-day inpatient drug treatment facility, and I have been sober ever since.

  Today, I am a productive member of society. I am a homeowner. I hold five academic degrees, three of which are master’s degrees. I am the founder and executive director of a nonprofit organization, Families Organizing for Child Welfare Justice. I am president and chief executive of S.D. Sellers Consulting. I have had an 18-year career as a procurement professional. I speak nationally and sit on committees and work groups for child welfare and prison reform. I list my accomplishments not to “toot my own horn” but to show that people can and do recover from drug addiction.

  More important, I am a loving mother. Both my daughter and my son sought a relationship with me when they each turned 18, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Although we are reunited, the process of rebuilding the relationship has been long and sometimes difficult. Yet I am willing to do whatever it takes to make us a family again.

  The termination of parental rights means it is possible that we may never again be a legal family, yet we will always be a blood family. I have never and will never give up being their mother. My parental rights were wrongfully terminated. But they can never terminate the parental love.

  In 2019, no longer should weak science, poorly informed crusaders and racist attitudes continue to shape public policy. Legislative initiatives with roots in crack hysteria need to be repealed.

  Not only does the science around pregnancy need to be approached with humility and humanity, but all science — and all social norms — need to be approached with humility and humanity. The underlying racism that fueled the demonization of black women during the crack epidemic is an ugly monster that continues to haunt and hurt our society. Enough is enough.

  Suzanne SellersChicago



  最新买马开奖结果查询【夕】【阳】【西】【沉】,【昏】【黄】【的】【天】【幕】【下】,【那】【名】【裨】【将】【带】【领】【着】【五】【千】【名】【精】【锐】【缅】【军】,【一】【齐】【鼓】【噪】【呐】【喊】【着】【冲】【出】【工】【事】,【向】【正】【在】【行】【进】【的】【唐】【军】【战】【阵】【中】【最】【前】【面】【的】【火】【铳】【兵】,【疾】【速】【冲】【去】。 【见】【到】【缅】【军】【冲】【出】【工】【事】,【向】【自】【已】【鼓】【噪】【冲】【来】,【唐】【军】【军】【阵】【立】【即】【停】【住】【了】【脚】【步】,【随】【即】【摆】【开】【阵】【型】,【准】【备】【迎】【敌】。 “【预】【备】!” “【放】!” “【砰】【砰】【砰】【砰】!。。。” 【随】


【到】【那】【里】【的】【时】【候】,【夏】【姒】【寂】【直】【接】【就】【点】【击】【了】【申】【请】【入】【队】,【刚】【才】【去】【打】boss【的】【时】【候】,【他】【们】【带】【的】【人】【多】【多】【少】【少】【会】【有】【死】【掉】【的】。 【夏】【姒】【寂】【带】【着】【公】【会】【马】【甲】【一】【申】【请】【就】【直】【接】【进】【去】【了】,【夏】【姒】【寂】【四】【处】【溜】【缝】,【边】【打】【边】【划】【水】。 【直】【到】boss【血】【量】【下】【到】【百】【分】【之】【十】【的】【时】【候】,boss【突】【然】【刷】【出】【来】【了】【十】【几】【只】【怪】,【这】【些】【怪】【的】【恐】【惧】【震】【慑】【还】【不】【是】【单】【人】【技】【能】,【还】【是】【范】


  【孙】【悟】【空】【懒】【洋】【洋】【躺】【在】【一】【条】【桃】【树】【枝】【上】,【枕】【着】【一】【根】【铁】【棒】,【眼】【睛】【无】【聊】【看】【着】【正】【上】【方】【一】【颗】【红】【彤】【彤】【的】【桃】【子】,【心】【里】【正】【考】【虑】【怎】【么】【吃】【它】。 “【是】【先】【咬】【桃】【尖】,【还】【是】【桃】【身】?【桃】【毛】【还】【洗】【吗】?” 【孙】【悟】【空】【没】【考】【虑】【很】【长】【时】【间】,【他】【不】【是】【爱】【纠】【结】【的】【人】。【想】【不】【明】【白】,【伸】【出】【毛】【茸】【茸】【的】【手】,【一】【把】【扭】【下】【红】【色】【桃】【子】,【唔】~【放】【入】【嘴】【中】,【胡】【乱】【嚼】【了】【起】【来】,【任】【由】【桃】【汁】【从】【嘴】【角】【流】

  【云】【冉】【醒】【过】【来】【的】【时】【候】,【正】【趴】【在】【冰】【冷】【的】【石】【板】【地】【面】【上】。 【鼻】【尖】【飘】【荡】【着】【淡】【淡】【的】【血】【腥】【味】,【同】【时】【她】【感】【觉】【到】【自】【己】【的】【腹】【部】【一】【直】【在】【痛】。 【她】【现】【在】【连】【翻】【身】【的】【力】【气】【都】【没】【有】,【也】【顾】【不】【得】【四】【周】【是】【否】【安】【全】,【她】【直】【接】【运】【转】【自】【己】【的】【本】【源】【灵】【气】,【让】【伤】【口】【快】【速】【愈】【合】。 【五】【分】【钟】【后】,【云】【冉】【翻】【身】【坐】【起】【来】,【查】【看】【了】【一】【下】【四】【周】【的】【情】【况】。 【这】【里】【安】【静】【无】【人】,【只】【有】【许】【多】

  “【玉】【儿】,【我】【一】【定】【救】【你】【出】【来】。”【蓝】【宴】【沉】【语】【气】【坚】【定】【不】【容】【动】【摇】【的】【说】【道】。 【明】【明】【知】【道】【自】【己】【这】【一】【去】【只】【怕】【是】【再】【也】【回】【不】【来】【了】,【可】【是】【不】【知】【道】【怎】【么】【的】,【温】【玉】【软】【此】【时】【听】【了】【蓝】【宴】【沉】【的】【话】,【竟】【是】【忍】【不】【住】【的】【想】【要】【相】【信】。 【于】【是】,【她】【点】【了】【点】【头】,“【好】,【我】【等】【你】。” 【季】【无】【殇】【不】【屑】【的】【冷】【笑】【了】【一】【声】,【强】【行】【带】【着】【温】【玉】【软】【大】【步】【离】【开】。 【直】【到】【季】【无】【殇】【离】【开】【了】

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