Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tucker Carlson and The Race of America

I don't want to politicize my site but I am watching Tucker Carlson talking with Pat Buchanan and some other guy. I am outraged that they are attacking Barak Obama for attending a traditional black church. They are actually saying that if a white candidate went to a white church he would be finished.

Oh please! Pat Buchanan how many black people attend your church? How many are Mitt's, Huckabee's, or McCain's. Give me a break. I can walk into a workplace where every manager and the majority of employees are white and no one thinks a thing of it.

I am a part of an adoption community where the majority of adoptive families are white and the children are Ethiopian. They are African, they are black. Many of the adoptive families proudly state that they live in all white communities, their children attend all white schools, and they see no problem with it. I have heard many families talk about horrible comments made by their families and the decision to adopt black children. They believe that all you have to do is to give people strong values and their race is irrelevant. Get ready for a rude awakening.

Okay, this is a rant but it is based upon the fact that there is a dual system in this country. If I go to a black church, I am a segregationist but I can adopt children and feel no real need to interact with people of color and that is acceptable.

Sorry guys, but I just had to get that off my chest. No. I do not have any issues with the race of people who adopt. I feel for the children who will grow up as the only one and constantly have to answer questions about their ethnicity, their hair, their views, and why they feel the way that they do.

1 comment:

Shrijnana said...

Hi Valarie,

I'm new here and I've been looking at your site off and on all morning. There are so many things I want to comment on, but first, I absolutely share your concern about white parents adopting Ethiopian children and not being prepared to address racial issues. As a white parent (mostly) I can't say I have it all worked out... for example, will we decide to move to a more diverse area? However, I knew upon sending my application in that I was choosing to embrace a new culture in my family.
I'm am not on all the same groups as you so I think I have heard fewer concerning statements and attitudes; but I do worry that the explosion of Ethiopian adoptions is bringing parents who want infants at all costs and are unwilling to provide the diversity and pride in their heritage that every child needs. In 15 years or so we might see hundreds of very angry teenagers (and rightly so).

Original Court Date: April 18, 2009
Final Court Date: May 18, 2009
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