Some Black parents say remote learning gives racism reprieve

In this photo provided by Tanya Hayles, Hayles poses with her son Jackson, 7, in this undated photo. Hayles, founder of Black Moms Connection, an online network of more than 16,000 Black mothers with chapters across North America and Asia, said she has noticed discussions among members about how remote learning has allowed Black mothers to better shield their children from racism.

CHICAGO (AP) — Before schools shuttered during the pandemic, Ayaana Johnson worried every time she dropped her daughters off at school.

Johnson, a Black woman, says racism is rampant in her predominantly white Georgia town. At her daughters’ school, a student once used racial slurs and told another child he doesn’t play with “brown people.” She says teachers are quick to punish or reprimand Black children and Ku Klux Klan flyers can be found in mailboxes.

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