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March 01, 2005

Blaming the wrong people

From VOA:

Increasingly, Black children are finding homes in Germany, France and especially Canada, which puzzles Earl Stroud.

Michelle Hughes, an adoption attorney, says the main reason is racism. "And parents will actually say, 'I'll take anything but an Africa-American child'," says Ms. Hughes.

Margaret Fleming runs an agency that specializes in finding homes for Black children. She helped Earl and Allison adopt Ethan. And Margaret has adopted five, herself.

What a bunch of hooey. I've been through the process of being looked down on by bigoted social workers who refuse to allow white families to adopt Black children. It's not the families that are racists -- it's the system that allows and even encourages bigots to block adoptions. It's been a problem for years. Congress tried to do something about it several years ago, with a bill that would prevent social workers from using race as a criteria in adoption. Clinton gutted it by adding wording to the bill that would make an exception if the social worker “felt” it necessary (wasn't that the whole problem to begin with, dimwit?!?)

Don't blame potential parents for being racist when White families who try to adopt are prevent from doing so by bigoted social workers.

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 1, 2005 06:53 AM

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