A few months ago I picked up my ten-year-old granddaughter after school in New York. The school (public) is surrounded by a double fence. As I approached the gate I saw a large group of people (almost entirely women) gathered to collect the kids. The interesting thing about this group of at least sixty women was that half—if not more— were not of the same skin color as the white kids they were collecting. It was a diverse mix of Black, mixed race, Asian, South American, and so on.
My conclusion was easy to reach: the women whose skin color did not match that of the children were paid caregivers—nannies, babysitters, possibly some maids. In New York City it is especially easy to witness this phenomenon because any child under age eleven must be accompanied to and from school by a responsible adult. Other large cities probably have a similar, but less visible, demographic. Continue reading