I remember when the big earthquake happened in Haiti and there was this white church group that went over there and tried to take some children. Even before this incident, it struck me as kind of suspect that so many white people were adopting african children. It was like some sort of fad. Personally, I don't think its good for black children because it confuses them and causes self hatred. Another thing that is disturbing is that a lot of white churches are doing this. Oprah had this church on her show and a couple of the families got together and they adopted an african choir. Each family took in about 2 african kids. When I see them programming them with religion, its disturbing to me. I don't remember hearing ONE story about a black church doing this and thats also interesting but not surprising. I find it interesting that a lot of us see those children as fortunate. I think that speaks to the self hatred that has been engrained in us. I find it to be sad and scary. Is this the new slavery movement? That question keeps popping in my head. What are your thoughts on this subject?
If it's a tie-breaker between a black African kid being adopted by black parents or white, sure, give the child to the black parents. However, I am certain there are far more children in places like Mali and the Congo who need someone to love them and raise them in relative safety than there are people who want to take them in. There are worse things than being raised by religious parents, like not being able to go to school because you're in a war zone.
I can understand the appeal of seeking to adopt a child who is almost certain to have a more difficult life if you don't step in. You get the child you want and you get to be a hero, right? However, as far as saving African lives goes, a $1000 donation to Oxfam or Camfed would make a bigger difference than 'rescuing' one child.
You can also add the African children that are forced to be soldiers. Some as young as 10. There's not much worst of a situation they can be in than that. If someone gets them out of that situation it can only be for the better. And I must add the young girls used by African rebels as their sex toys. There's a lot of positive reasons to adopt an African child. I understand Jessica's concern about people adopting solely for selfish and and religious reasons. But as you say there are worst things than being raised by a religious family. A black ex-coworker of mine adopted an African boy a few years ago. It would be nice to see more of that but also there are so many blacks kids in this country that need a loving and caring home.
Also, there are children from Asia (Vietnam, Korea), Africa, Eastern Europe who wouldn't have had a chance in their own countries. I know people who bring these children up so lovingly and teach them their own culture as well as ours. I agree with Eddie Hicks Sr., that it is better to have a loving home than not. As to the really religious people who want to adopt - you have to take them individually.
and why do we intelligent people still think in racial and religious terms? As far as I'm concerned, as long as you don't hurt anyone else (including your own) - c'est la vie! Live and let live! - alexa :]