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March 30, 2011

White Celebrities, Black Babies

Long before Madonna and Angelina Jolie began to adopt African children, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise welcomed African American children into their families. I know some people think this is only a Hollywood trend for white celebs to adopt black babies, but babies cannot be thrown away like trendy toys or sent to the dog pound like that cute little yorkie that was once cool to tote around but now is more of a nuisance than the "cool" thing to do at the moment.  In no way am I comparing children to material items, but lets look on the bright side.  Many people complain that these white celebrities are exploiting these African American and African children for publicity, but what really could they gain monetary wise from adopting a black child?

My personal opinion is that these celebs like Madonna, Angelina Jolie, and Sandra Bullock are coming from the heart and helping children in need by affording them a lifestyle that many of them would never see had they been left in the system.  It really warms my heart to see people step outside of themselves in a selfless manner in order to help children who are left behind by their rightful parents.

You may challenge their intentions, but all I care about is if the children are happy and well cared for.  Issues of identity will always be a concern when one race parents another.  I often hear things like, "white women don't know how to do black girls' hair".  Honestly, whether the child's hair is combed or cared for properly is the least of my worries.  What I do concern myself with are issues like exposure to opportunities, education, travel, etc.  These are the things that parents should be judged on.  Not who can twist braids the best.

When I look into the eyes of some of these children who have found new life and new families, I am filled with joy as they seem so content and happy with their new beginning.  I applaud anyone, celebrity or not, who is not afraid to adopt children that is not of their race.

I would like to know if you are for or against white celebs adopting black children and why.  Do you think this "trend" can be detrimental to the children involved?  Should children only be adopted by parents of their race origin?  I'm curious to know your thoughts...weigh in!

Tom Cruise and Connor
Angelina Jolie and Zahara

Madonna, David and Mercy

Sandra Bullock and Louis

The Spielberg's and Theo

Spielberg and Mikaela George


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  10. As a Black woman adopted by White Parents I have to tell you that this article is spot on. My parents gave me a life many couldn't dream of, and I thank them everyday for it. They weren't following a trend, they were finding a daughter to nurture for the rest of their lives- and they did. I have never thought twice about whether they are my parents or not. I mean of course we had the occasional hair disaster, but my mom used to upwards of 5 hours just trying to comb it for me. If that's not love, I don't know what is.


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