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[pro-tip for bio spawn: it’s common practice for adoptive/foster parents to assign us codenames so they can publicly broadcast our own personal (often traumatic) personal details and histories]
(^ via dickensianwerewolf)
yesssss. but then, these spawn don’t even respect our rights to hold on to our own birth family records. like they’d ever for one second respect our right to hold onto our own tags?
also, pro-tip for the general public:
Contrary to popular assumptions, the terms “transracial” and “transethnic” are NOT interchangeable. Just as race and ethnicity are not interchangeable.
Transracial adoptees can NEVER pass for white or as members of our necessarily more privileged adoptive families.
Transethnic adoptees however DO possess white/white-passing privilege and must own up to the fact, but they experience the same ethnocidal erasure in terms of heritage. Many transethnic adoptees today are Romani, indigenous, and/or Latin@.
Oral history of Chris Leith, as told to Sandy White Hawk, who is reflecting on Dusten Brown’s Oct. 10 press conference about his decision to stop fighting the legal battle that took his daughter away from him and his tribe and placed her with a white family in spite of the Indian Child Welfare Act (via disabilityhistory)
#White Savior Industrial Complex
According to that article, they didn't have the correct documentation for her and they reportedly had her begging, right? I realize that they wouldn't have figured it out if she wasn't a little white girl, but it doesn't seem like she was in healthy conditions. I'm not sure I'm understanding your post, are you saying they didn't take that kid? Or are you just pointing out that they only noticed because she was white?
OK but srsly since your cluelessness isn’t hostile, I suppose I’ll take the time to answer (i.e., repost the content I’ve already blogged, JFC)
Just a smattering of facts about the history of adoption no one knows/is willing to face is sufficient to educate most sentient beings, so here’s a handy dandy timeline: everything from the official expulsion of ALL Roma from the domain of the Church in 1568 to the systematic kidnapping and dilution of bloodlines of Romani children forced to work as farm laborers, mass incarcerated in state ‘orphanages’ in the hundreds of thousands.
Fun fact: the ethnocidal agenda against the Roma actually set modern adoption industry standards by falsifying records of proceedings so birth parents can never find where their children are placed! Under the auspices of the Catholic church, children were mass abducted from their living, breathing families — Romani parents who opposed this were declared “insane” and locked up in mental institutions. This continued til the fucking 1970s, and TO THIS DAY the spearheading organization still refuses Romani adoptees access to any of their records that would help them find birth families.
It doesn’t seem you know anything about transracial/ethnic adoption and antiziganism, so do some reading (as referenced & even hyperlinked before, Tobias Hübinette’s an excellent place to start).
Clearly you’re not aware of the centuries of racist propaganda of Christian children “kidnapped and sacrificed for ritual murdering” by Roma or Jews. You’re not aware these completely bullshit rumors provided a convenient excuse for white supremacist massacres, pogroms, and persecution.
And I say ‘completely bullshit’ bc guess what: we’ve seen all this before. 2008 an Italian Roma community was accused of kidnapping a white baby, which ignited rampant police brutality against not just the community but Roma people all over the country. Surprise surprise? The accusation turned out to be false.
Do Roma children biological or adopted grow up in the best of conditions? Of course not, white supremacists have seen fit to reduce them to begging and exile while systematically stealing generations upon generations and wiping out their culture.
But if your overriding concern’s still blondie being ‘better off’ outside her Roma community, then score one more sucker for the White Savior Industrial Complex.
p.s. They are illegally registering Romani children to this day even in countries as “progressive” (LOL) as Sweden. Also this day: when Romani mothers are arrested for begging, European police frequently take the healthiest among their children and place them for adoption with white Christian families.
History matters. You’re welcome.
My father was born to an Ojibwe mother, rez-born on Walpole Island, he was born in Port Huron. His parents were in and out of the picture between jail and work, so he was mostly raised by his tradish grandparents until he was taken by the state at 2 1/2. He spoke Ojibwemowin and knew very little English. Children’s Aid Society kept him in their orphanage for the next 6-ish years, “reteaching” him English. During this time, he refused to speak English in the presence of adults, something that I’m sure had to be a form of protest. He repeatedly ran away and lived on the streets of Detroit, stealing bikes and fighting cats for the milk left out on the porch.
Sometime around 9 he was back in the orphanage, and was extra snacky that day. So he broke his protest, and asked for a second dessert. Of course the Children’s Aid Society didn’t have money in the budget to give an Indian children a second pudding, but they did decide that he was ready to be adopted out. Within a year of first speaking English to an adult, he was adopted to a white couple in Flat Rock, MI who apparently collected “intelligent" Indian children as trophy children. His adoptive sister was also First Nations, and together they navigated the abusive world of these shitholes that adopted them.
My dad survived, disowned his adoptive father, and moved on. My dad is bitter in regards to his birth parents, and guilty as well. He once told me he would run away to find them, and that obviously they didn’t want him because they never found them either. See, I’m the only one my dad shares his secrets with, really. I know things about his life that even my mother doesn’t know after 40+ years of marriage.
My dad and I share a deep connection, a mutual understanding. He confided once, a long time ago, that he remembers being taken from his grandparents, asking them why he couldn’t stay with them. He didn’t understand what was going on, and all I could do when he told me was cry for him. I could feel the pain, his pain, my great-grandparents’ pain, his mother’s pain.
My dad is so run down and abused. He’s both proud and ashamed to be Indian. His adoptive parents and Children’s Aid took a Kill the Indian, Save the Child approach to raising him. But despite his bitterness and frustration regarding his family, he didn’t discourage my pride in my heritage, or my desire to find out. Not that he could of if he tried. I’m too stubborn, too unrelenting to give up. I will not let my spirit be crushed beneath the boot of white oppression of my race.
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