What’s adoption got to do with it?
Adoption–infant, international, or foster–is the practice most misunderstood by the public even by leftists and social justice activists.
Activists are like *let’s make sure adoptive parents get equal maternity leave when they adopt a baby* instead of asking why can’t this newborn stay with his mom or investigating the power inequality that led to this arrangement.
Adoption scholar Daniel Drennan ElAwar, himself internationally adopted as an infant from his homeland of Lebanon, has produced the deepest and most historically accurate scholarship on adoption/family separation/trafficking.
“From what I know now of adoption and trafficking, I state the following:
Adoption is, in and of itself, a violence based in inequality. It is candy-coated, marketed, and packaged to seemingly concern families and children, but it is an economically and politically incentivized crime. It stems culturally and historically from the “peculiar institution” of Anglo-Saxon indentured servitude and not family creation. It is not universal and is not considered valid by most communal cultures. It is a treating of symptoms and not of disease. It is a negation of families and an annihilation of communities not imbued with any notion of humanity due to the adoptive culture’s inscribed bias concerning race, class, and human relevancy.
“It is a negation of families and an annihilation of communities not imbued with any notion of humanity due to the adoptive culture’s inscribed bias concerning race, class, and human relevancy.”
This applies to the crisis raging in America (or by America) right now–the immigrant children torn from their parents for whatever shady reason and also families torn apart by the prison system, war, and by the ironically named CPS (Foster Care).
Adoption is part of the subjugation of women, the working class, and the Third World (the global working class).
Adoption has been used as a tool of colonialism and cultural genocide and is used today for the same.
This needs to be talked about Truth Out! Adoption Collective will talk about it.
We will not cater to the petite bourgeois adoptive parent gaze. We are not here for their approval. They can eat a huge slice of humble pie and learn. Or not.
“We currently have ample evidence that reveals that adoption is not “about children”. I no longer feel the need to argue about adoption along lines which take for granted its status quo acceptance. And I would like to go on the record as saying: As opposed to seeing adoption as a beneficent action, it can instead be stated that its very presence marks the failure of a society to care for those in need.”–Daniel Ibn Zayd
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