It is a great piece questioning why more whites don't adopt tranracially. As a social psychologist, I was particularly drawn to the very first sentence:
Whenever I see a white couple with an Asian or Hispanic child, I can't help wondering whether adoption -- like the personal ads -- is one of the last areas of American life where naked expressions of racial preference are acceptable.This idea of implicit racism is I think, one of my biggest objections to how the private adoption world works. I think there are probably plenty of high minded, liberal, "anti-racist" whites who exclude African Americans from the potential pool of adoptable babies, and that really, really bothers me.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating for these people to take African American babies - perhaps the only thing worse than not being adopted by a subtley racist white person is *being* adopted by one - but I'm not sure they should be allowed to enter the adoption arena at all. Really, I'm not sure what the answer is I just know that it makes me quesy to think about it.