A reader (Sekou) at Rachel’s Tavern sent me a link to this fascinating article about a Black single mother who had to file a law suit several years ago to adopt a white child. I have said before that I don’t personally know of any cases of white kids being adopted into black families. That obviously doesn’t mean that it does not happen, but it is indeed rare. The article from the Detroit News says between 2001-05 78 white kids in the state of Michigan were adopted by blacks, compared to 677 black kids adopted by whites. So white kids raised by black parents are there, but they are uncommon.
There is one glaring problem with the article, and this is a common problem as I have noted in the past. The article cites that National Association of Black Social Workers as a source of opposition to transracial adoption, but that really is not relevant here. I can just about guarantee that the NABSW doesn’t have a problem with this case. Their concern was about a black children being aopted by white parents in large numbers, while prospective black adoptive parents faced numerous hurdles. The article fails to cite one real life white person who was opposed to this adoption on racial grounds. (They do cite some stares by random white people at the end.)
However, the article does a good job highlighting several other issues. What is also interesting is that part of the reason the adoptive mother want to adopt this child was to keep her with her sister, who is biracial (black/white I’m assuming). The adoption of the biracial sister appeared to be a non-issue with opponents. Now this my friends points out the utter absurdity of conflating race and culture, which I have also addressed before. (Lyonside also helped me put the smackdown on a troll in the comments. It’s worth reading.) How can you have two siblings being raised by the same biological mother, and people have decided that they somehow have a different culture? Their difference is race, not culture. If this was a cross cultural or international adoption, that discussion would be more relevant. I also think it could be more relevant if this black mother knew absolutely nothing about white people in America, which would mean she didn’t watch any TV, read any magazines, get a job with whites, etc. Do you realize how difficult that would be?
What is even more interesting is the part where the black adoptive mother was asked–what kinds of (white) foods she would cook for the daughter. The mother replied that all the kids eat hot dogs and hamburgers.
I also found the part about people asking her “why she talked black” to be quite fascinating.