Tagged with race

Redefining Racism

racism [rey-siz-uh m] noun 1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others. 2. a policy, system of government, … Continue reading

Pieces I’m Proud Of

I’m very excited about my latest piece for adoption.com: Red Flags Expectant Parents Should Watch for in Prospective Adoptive Parents Every major blog has probably posted the opposite piece: Red Flags Adoptive Parents Should Look for in Birthmothers. My piece came about because of a discussion in the Creating a Family Facebook group. The birthmothers … Continue reading

Racism and Health Care

 (Originally published on AdoptionBlogs.com, Transracial/Transcultural Adoption, October 27th, 2009) I’ve been following the health care reform bills, though I can’t say I’m keeping track of the minute-to-minute changes. Personally, I support a strong public option that ensures that all Americans have access to good health care. What does this have to do with transracial adoption? My … Continue reading

Calling a Spade a Spade

(Originally published at AdoptionBlogs.com, Transracial / Transcultural Adoption, November 30th, 2009) At the end of October, the article “Pregnant Woman Requests All White Delivery Staff” caught my eye. After reading it, I knew I had to blog about it. Not for the content of the article – I mean, come on, Racism Exists in America, News … Continue reading

Why Do White Parents Adopt Black Children?

Why Do White Parents Adopt Black Children?

Because they’re there. OK, seriously. This post has been sitting as a draft for most of this year. The question was written by  Adoptive Black Mom in her post Privilege, Adoption and Melissa Harris-Perry. Specifically, she wrote: Do I think that [people of color] often sit back and question why White families adopt Black children?  Yep, and I’ve been … Continue reading

We Violated Rule Number 8

In June, The Diary of a Not-So-Angry Asian Adoptee posted a very informative piece that was shared everywhere I looked in the adoption community, An Adoptee’s Perspective: 15 Things Transracially Adoptive Parents Need to Know. I am totally on board with 14 of the 15 points – all of them except number 8: 8. If we … Continue reading

“None of That Was Done By Whites”

In the last week, I’ve been posting to my Facebook timeline many articles related to the events in Ferguson, MO. One of the links I posted was to an Onion article, that was so true, it wasn’t funny: Tips for Being an Unarmed Black Teen. A good friend of mine, someone I’ve known in real life for … Continue reading