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The audacity to adopt

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Phillips,Wendell F. (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Feb 11-Feb 17, 2010
New York, NY
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
United States, Blacks, Haiti, Children, Adoption, Caribbean, Earthquakes, Whites
In fact, whenever I am accused of "playing the Race Card ", I always let folk know that I didn't deal die hand. It has been my experience that if you ask "why?" long enough eventually it will come down to race. And if it is between or amongst people of the same color, Class becomes the issue. But we can argue about that in another post at another time. With instances such as these it's tough to holler "race" because Black folk make it easy for White folk to say, "Forget it". I have heard Black folk say, "Who do they think they are? How are White folks going to raise Black children? They have no idea what it's like to be Black"! And maybe they don't . . . but they don't know what it's like to be Asian, Indian, Haitian or African either. Now I am sure there will be those who will read this and say, "My family adopts ... in fact, they adopted me!" and they will go down a list that reads like that fifth chapter of Genesis in the Bible inserting "adopt" for every "begat". And while that is good for that particular family, that family and those like it are the exception and not the rule.