Dropping The Term Crack Babies

Dropping the Term Crack Babies In this article, the term or label "crack baby" is addressed for its cruel and stigmatizing usage. For many doctors and psychologist the term crack baby is not actually a term due to the fact that research has not clearly defined the term nor has identified a recognizable condition, syndrome or disorder that can be termed "crack baby." The actual effects of crack/cocaine exposure, according to the article may or may not have a permanent effect on the fetus. Unlike Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which has a more specific criteria for diagnosis.

According to the article, many doctors and psychologist in the field feel that this term is racial bias and motivated. Furthermore, a physical illustration is proposed when the term is used which only leads room for more discriminatory name calling. The author stated that "We are deeply disappointed that American and international media continues to use a term that not only lacks any scientific basis but endangers and disenfranchises the children to whom it is applied."

I would have to agree with the authors and doctors that co-wrote this article. Far too often the term "crack baby" get toss along and affiliated with those in inner-city communities. I have heard countless times how the physical image of an individual or the reasoning for their learning disabilities is somehow attached to the notion that they must have been a "crack baby". I wonder if those same thoughts go through those same individuals if they were to go into a wealthy white neighborhood/school district and make the same comment. "Crack baby" is far too racy and offensive. Furthermore, the term is more of a insulting term due to the fact that there has never been two alike cases that would declare a specific diagnosis "crack baby"

Created by: Danielle Foard

Physicians, Scientists to Media: Stop Using the Term "Crack Baby"
February 27, 2004

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