A blog post this morning, and recent events involving what I call police brutality on black men, had me wondering about a recent'ish' (last year) debate on adoption. In short, the debate was that it doesn't matter the 'racial' background of the parents, or child, as what's important is that a loving home is found.
It is true, a loving home is what is important.
The debate focused on the fact that 'black' children are often having to wait longer in 'care', and unfortunately, are less likely to be adopted unlike white children, who they (the authorities) find 'easier to place'.
There was also a heated TV debate in which a black man who was raised by white parents was adamant that it doesn't matter.
That said, what do you think?
and...why would white parents adopt a black child?
Would it ( 'racial background' ) be more of a concern if it were black parents adopting a white child?. ( Knowing that black people often have to deal with subtle and not so subtle racism, - which could also have an economic impact - would it deny the white child easy access to white privilege?.. disadvantage them by proxy ;) ..) or... would it not matter at all?
How do white parents explain racism?. How would they feel about, and explain, recent incidents of black men dying as a result of excessive force used by police, whether through 'restraint', or the gun.
Is it not important therefore, that white parents adopting black children have a grasp on these issues, and do not try to pretend they do not exist?. Would it not be more harmful to whitewash over cultural or ethnic differences?
I would hope that white parents who adopt black children are aniti racists, have an understanding of how white supremacy operates in today's society, and have a grasp on the ways in which racism and racist thought practice and attitudes, collude and conspire to make it a cultural norm. I would also hope that they not only understand it, but condemn it.
.. that said... in my opinion, that applies to black parents also.
Black parents should not be afraid to speak the truth about what they know. Feigning ignorance about white supremacy, is not bliss..