Published online by Cambridge University Press: 22 April 2022
Ms. Justice Lenhardt delivered the opinion of the Court.1
Imagine a family. Black and poor, its members differ in various ways. But they share a critical connection: a common history and bond. Like many families, especially those of color, they pool their resources, as well as the love they all bring to the endeavor of survival navigating the challenges posed by racial discrimination, poverty, and stigma in a way that makes family flourishing and well-being possible. Coming together in this way means not merely Sunday dinners after church. Those gatherings remain important. They are a source of both connection and renewal. But they stand alongside shared housing; childcare for two boys living without a biological mother and other caregiving; food, and other resources; and emotional support, especially in trying times. Even more, they help to secure a sense of belonging hard to achieve in a context in which poverty and blackness remain disqualifying in so many areas of life.