The last few years I’ve tried to post links to 12 different posts for the end of the year. This year, I’ve been struggling with what to post. There were stellar posts everyone should have read, or should read, that’s not the problem.
My problem is I’m frustrated, disheartened, angry with how ugly the world is against People of Color, still, in 2015. Racism is ugly. There is no justification for it, or what has happened, is still happening. We all need to search out our implicit and explicit biases and deal with them. I’m glad that the media is finally covering the stories that matter, not happy that there is seldom any accountability or justice.
This year I’m also frustrated that so little changes for the good in adoption, all I see is more entitlement, privilege, out right denial, shaming, dismissing of lived experiences. The most often phrase/excuse/deflection given in a discussion on a hard topic – ‘adoption is so different now’. Sure, it’s different now than my era, but is it better (or worse) is the question that remains unanswered. My lens says it is both, and that isn’t good enough when you are talking about adoption, especially not when adoptees are being left behind because the adoption community is too focused on bickering between themselves, to stop, and come together for the well-being of thousands of international adoptees.
So, anyway, Happy New Year – there is one very important post from the last year, read it, and please comply with the request inside (it’s so very easy) so that this is fixed before one more year passes – no adoptee deserves to be deported because their adoptive parents failed to obtain citizenship for them before they turned 18.
Ask your friends to help the adoption community to get this fixed before one more adoptee gets deported to a country she doesn’t know, speak the language of, know the culture, have friends or family in – all because she was adopted and brought to the US as a child.
The post linked is by Jaeran Kim. A post/plea to take action to right the wrong done to far too many international adoptees. This must be fixed, now. Please take the time to act now and contact your legislators, and follow the short bolded script included in the post, it’s important.