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The juvenile justice system is rife with disparities between white and non-white children. African American children are not the only ones who may be treated as the "other" inthe juvenile justice system. Latino, Native American, Asian, and even white children may be "othered" in the appropriate social context. This article focuses on African American children and their condition, because it is exemplary of how all children who are perceived as children of the "other" are treated and because, in some ways, the treatment of African American children, in a bipolar racial hierarchy, is unique.