Culture camp. I’m pretty sure that regular readers have a good idea of what I think about culture camp for transracially adopted children. The short version? You can’t teach a culture in the absence of its people.
I received a forwarded advertisement for summer camp. A camp of the world. A wonderful experience for adopted children to learn more about their culture. It came with a brief video.
There was this kind of stuff. You could see white adults helping little Asian kids to make lanterns. But then there was the scene of the wedding. Yes, a wedding with two little black kids and a white preacher. And what did they do?
They jumped a broom. Yes they did.
No actual adults of color were involved in this exercise.
Yes, it should probably be added to the WIHAP list.
Yes, this is April Fool’s day. But sadly, this is not a joke.