Some white lady on Hoarders said her life basically collapsed when the Indian Government wouldn’t let her adopt a little Indian girl and I got to thinking…
Whenever I’d hear white people talk about adopting brown children, it always sounded like a fetish.
Especially Ethiopian children. There are soooo many blogs circulating about that. What gets me are the entries where they talk about doing that child’s hair, even sometimes doing the same hairstyle to one of their biological children to make it look ‘cohesive’.
Far from the only thing motivating wannabe white saviors, but:
“Adoptive parents have the right to choose between age, country, race, handicap, et cetera. The fact that certain countries remain strong favorites for adoptive parents speaks volumes of how racialized thinking continues to live on under anti-racist surface narratives[…]
"Korea, Ethiopia and Colombia are countries whose children fit Eurocentric standards of beauty more than others in the same regions; compare children from Korea to children from Malaysia, children from Ethiopia to children from Kenya, and children from Colombia to children from Bolivia. Furthermore, adoptive parents display a clear preference for girls and ‘racially pure’ children.”
— Tobias Hubinette, A Critique of International Adoption [translated]