Good intentions are not enough.
Because race is critical to well-being. Because love isn’t enough. Because playing down the importance of race and ethnicity in adoption is misguided. Because children shouldn’t suffer disconnection and isolation. Because transracial adoption should be the last resort.
None of these ideas are particularly new or novel. Joyce Ladner covered some of the issues in a book published in 1978. And that was a long time ago. But apparently it’s still news. This despite the fact that so many people think we’ve moved past that. We’re in a post-racial society now.
Now transracial adoptive parents pat themselves on the back for their great parenting, noting that they have made so many changes since the bad old days when people just didn’t know any better. Noting how full that half-glass is, and not insisting on the full glass for their children, but instead telling them how happy they should be that there’s anything in the glass at all.
Summary of the study here.