Skip to comments.Iím a White Republican Raising a Black Child: Deal With It
Posted on 04/28/2012 7:35:47 PM PDT by feralcat
...This Presidential campaign cycle is very different for our family than the one in 2008. This time around, we have a four-year-old daughter we adopted from Ethiopia two years ago...
Because weve had the audacity to appear in public with our family, weve been getting hate mail from liberals who are deeply offended that a white family would raise a black child (the Huffington Post posted a video of Naomi and me at CPAC and it generated more than 1,000 comments, many of them utterly vile). Usually, I laugh at baseless criticism and it inspires me to work even harder at artfully annoying my critics. But when I get accused of actually harming my daughter by daring to raise her, it infuriates me. See, for example, an excerpt from tonights Facebook message:
I feel so sorry for your little girl! She has a hard complex life ahead of her! She should not be raised by people who vote against her best interests.
(It was longer and much more offensive.)
(Excerpt) Read more at patheos.com ...
I’ve read just about every book King has written. Two things always stick out about him. One is that anybody who owns a gun in his books is a pyscho gun nut, and every religious person (except for the woman you’re talking about) is just a nut. I would venture to say that Mother Abigail was more “spiritual” than religous. Take a close look at the good guys and the bad guys in the book. See if you think that would be how things would really be broken up. Having said that, I’ve read the book three or four times including the unabridged edition. It’s my second favorite book behind Atlas Shrugged.
Yes, the little ones have no idea. From South Pacific: “You’ve got to be taught to hate and to fear. You’ve got to be taught from year to year...You’ve got to be carefully taught.”
There are added costs and hassles to international adoptions, but also benefits. For one thing, it's final. The birth mom isn't going to get out of prison/rehab five years down the line, or simply change her mind, and show up at your door with a court order demanding to reengage with her child.
The bias against domestic interracial adoptions is a pet peeve. The Indian tribes have been notoriously hostile to adopting kids off the reservations. Back when we were in process, the National Association of Black Social Workers was also kicking up a fuss, on the grounds that black kids should be raised culturally black, whatever that is supposed to mean. Racial resentments aside, the NABSW had a vested interest in keeping kids in foster care, as opposed to finding them permanent homes. Once again, as with the teachers unions, we see a corrupt organization placing adult jobs over kids' best interests. The law has since been changed so that race is not supposed to be a factor in adoptions (the tribes may be an exception; I don't know). How much informal pressure against domestic interracial adoption still exists, I don't know.
P.S. Does anyone know how to get rid of these irritating advertising links? They are "powered by Freeworks," but I don't see freeworks in "all programs." I don't know where it is hiding. My kids use this computer so it is likely something they picked up chasing kids games.
Get a new computer and threaten to get new kids. That should solve the problem ;)
It’s a very long book and since we are listening to it I’m not sure how far along we are. Mother Abigail & troupe are just about to leave her Nebraska home.
I really am surprised by this story. First of all how much it’s gotten into my head, I wake up thinking about it and I can’t really remember another fictional book that’s affected me like that.
And as to what you say about guns, in this book you really see that in unsafe circumstances you need to be armed.
Maybe this book is different from his other books. It also seems to have a very strong anti-abortion message. I thought that about the one other thing I’d ever read by him, which was a short story in the New Yorker years ago. But whatever had happened to the woman in the story was never really spelled out, so my surmise could be wrong.
Well, I’m curious to see how this story turns out. I know if I was actually reading it myself I’d just be there turning the pages like mad.
Our kids are from China. One unlooked-for but welcome byproduct of an interracial adoption is that you get a rapid education on the surprisingly large number of adoptions that are out there. In such cases, the fact of adoption is obvious, and people make themselves known to you. My wife and I had an inkling, since we both have adopted cousins in our own generation and adopted nephews and nieces, but we are still surprised at how commonplace it is. It's just not much talked about, especially if the adoption is within the parents' racial group and therefore somewhat invisible.
Anyhow, my older daughter, from China, soon found herself in a class of 20 with adopted kids from China, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Africa, and on a soccer team with several more adopted kids, not to mention the two kids from Ecuador down the block. Some of these kids looked like their parents; others didn't. Then add in a number of friends from mixed marriages.
It's not really surprising that my daughter and her friends seem to be oblivious to race. They've grown up with just about every combination you can imagine in their immediate peer group. On my good days, I think the melting pot will do its magic again if we can just find a way to shut down the racial grievance industry that spends all its time nurturing hostility.
“The Stand” is King’s best book, IMO. The miniseries came out a week before my first date with the wonderful man who became my husband——over dinner, we found out we’d both enjoyed it.
I read most of King’s books, and since then, his liberalism has become toxic; he’s eaten up with it. Now he can be counted on to go on bitter anti-conservative, pro-Obama rants at least once in every new novel.
Would you recommend reading the series? I've always meant to, but never got around to it.
Ah, but if the leftists —represented by the democrat party of course— have their way, they will drum/teach that nurturing instinct right out of your girls.
“Now he can be counted on to go on bitter anti-conservative, pro-Obama rants at least once in every new novel.”
Ugh, thanks for the warning. I doubt I’ll be reading any of his other books, since I don’t really go for horror.
And it’s true, pro-Obama rants are pretty scary!
I’m queer, I’m here and I’m in your face! Oh wait, wrong thread.
LOL, amen to that. In one of his more recent novels-—can’t recall which one-—one of the good guys had a picture of Obama on his wall.
Not likely......the oldest is now 21 and the twins 18 - and solidly conservative!
I’m sure they have plumped up that baby with some good ol’ American nutrition since that photo! May she be blessed, healthy and happy all the days of her life.
Which is also, by the way, why the dems try to hard to prevent nurturing in the first place....it’s extremely hard to drum it out once it’s firmly established.
In 2008, speaking to a group of high school kids, he said, "I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got the Army, Iraq. I don't know, something like that. It's, it's not as bright. So, that's my little commercial for that."
He's an anomaly for his type, since he's been very generous to the city of Bangor, actually reaching into his own pocket.
I still give his house the one-fingered salute practically every time we drive by. :-)
“...since he’s been very generous to the city of Bangor,...”
I know when he was on celebrity Jeopardy his charity was the Bangor Public Library, which I thought was nice. I don’t know how he did, but I always like when the celebs pick smaller charities and organizations for those things.
I’m sure the money means a great deal to many of them, whereas if you give it to a big charity it’s maybe a drop in the bucket. And it also gives the charity some free publicity.
Isn’t that considered to be redundant?
“The Stand” is a great story! After you’ve finished the book, try to find the Mini-series on DVD from your library, or Netflix. It stars Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald, and Ruby Dee plays Mother Abigail. It was a pretty good adaptation.
Thanks for clearing that up.
You’ve responded to me twice now, but neither time have you had the fortitude to address the posts to me so I would be sure to see them.
Still, given the quality of your thinking coupled
to your writing, I can’t say as I blame you for trying to keep a low profile even as you engage in a pathetic attempt to “save face.”
I mean really ... “it’s your own prejudice and speculation
based on nothing that is showing through.” Is that from the PeeWee Herman “I know you are, but what am I” school of rhetorical dance?
I have a long and active history on FReeRepublic, and I will admit to using language on you no other loathsome little cur has ever elicited from me. But then, one seldom runs across the kind of nasty bitterness of spirit you have demonstrated.
In the Bible, Christ tells us “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit” is the only unforgivable sin when his miraculous good works are attributed to Satan. And while you haven’t committed that grievous offense here, the offense you have committed here is surely of the same genus. Out of your wicked heart and imagination you spill bile and filth on those whose rectitude should shame you to silence.
Tell me, in your sainted “volunteering,” how many prospective parents have you
looked in the eye with five, seven, or ten failed domestic adoptions to their credit? And I’m not talking about rejections. I mean negotiated with the mother, footed her expenses, have the baby in arms one hour after the birth, only to have her change her mind, leaving them with no recourse or compensation to try again.
I personally know literally hundreds of parents who have adopted internationally, and many of those adopted have been “special needs” babies, and NEVER have I met even one of these make-believe, one dimensional characters looking for “designer babies” you claim to be so familiar with.
I have personally seen literally dozens of children suffering from facial deformities so bad they couldn’t even draw suction on their baby bottle adopted by Americans. And vermin like you have the audacity to find fault with them over immigration?
And finally you try to insinuate your own chauvinistic masturbations as “opinion?”
My God. It’s like you’re the idiot child of Al Sharpton and Occupy Wall Street. How does the Universe suffer your contemptible existence without vomiting you out of reality?
I’ve read every book and listened to a lot of the audio’s. Like always, the audio’s can’t come close to the books but both are very, very good, very suspenseful.
You won’t go wrong either way.
“Isnt that considered to be redundant?”