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I was a white child adopted by a white family within my country, so I cannot speak for anything. But I do have a cousin who is a POC adopted by my aunt and uncle. I admire their willingness and efforts to get him involved in a local Korean community as he grew up. They encourage any desire to know about his heritage. But I know not everyone is so lucky. I do know that this is a touchy subject. I don't claim to know anything, I was just curious of your opinion on such things. I wish you well.
My opinion is that transracial adoption, especially transnationally, is skeevy as fuck and reeks of white entitlement; it’s also hella enraging when white people work furiously to keep POC institutionally oppressed then swoop in and “rescue” our babies.
It’s a complex and painful issue, but I know that we need to be centralizing the voices of adoptees of color and mothers of color.
Also (and this has echoed by SO many transracial adoptees: "Encouraging one’s heritage" etc. actually does fuck all to prepare us for surviving in the racist societies we’re adopted into.
Furthermore, it conveniently displaces the problems of transracial/national adoption onto the child of color, and not on the parents and THEIR responsibility to examine their white privilege/savior complex, and their duty to combat white supremacy
because white Westerners adopting children of color is actually the opposite of anti-racism, ESPECIALLY when the children are from countries they’ve invaded.
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