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TLC’s ‘Breaking Amish’ Tackles Adoption, Racism in New Season (Video)

Amish community experiences racism and prejudice on reality television series

Season 3 of TLC’s “Breaking Amish” introduces a new cast of young Amish people making their way to New York City to experience a different kind of life.

For some, as seen in this clip (above), it might be a relief to get away from the stifling and judgmental small rural community they grew up in. Season 3 will introduce viewers to Matthias, a Bulgarian-born orphan who was adopted by his Amish family at age 4.

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“You know, they don’t see many brown Amish people,” the 22-year-old Matthias said, also revealing that neighbors would often be nice to his face but two-faced behind his back. “I really had to grow a pair and thick skin.”

Matthias also sounds weary of the chore system in his family. “If you don’t work, you don’t eat,” he muttered as he brushed a horse. Having a pastor for a father also left Matthias feeling neglected at home.

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So perhaps he can be forgiven for going a little crazy when he makes his way to New York City, as seen in the trailer for the new season released earlier.

“Breaking Amish” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.