Interracial Adoption

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Kiya Smith
February 20, 2010
Period 6
Interracial Adoption

Do you know or have you ever known anybody that has been interracially adopted? If so, how did they feel about the adoption? Were they able to cope with all of the hardships of the adoption or did they struggle trying? Interracial adoption is a very serious issue. It is nothing to play around with. Most people adopt interracially not knowing or understanding the severity of the situation. Adopting interracially affects a child for the rest of their life. They have to live with the ups and downs of the adoption. There are a lot of factors that play into adoption but there are even more factors when it comes to interracial adoption. Race should be considered in adoption because of racial discrimination, cultural differences, and ignorance.

First and foremost, race should be considered in adoption because of racial discrimination. When someone is in an environment where they are the only person that is different, they are going to be discriminated upon. Children as well as adults discriminate against others for reasons unknown. A teacher in England once told an American student, “It's amazing what you are achieving almost straight out of the jungle" (Lawson 28). A teacher is telling a student that they are surprised that the student is doing well because of their racial background. That is one of the most hurtful ways that you can be discriminated upon. A lot of Koreans were being adopted by Caucasian people during a time when people were encouraging interracial adoptions. Their peers, their teachers, and even members of their own race did not accept the children. “Only a minority of the respondents said they felt welcomed by members of their own ethnic group,” (Nixon A9). People of the same ethnic background won’t even accept the interracially adopted children. Discrimination is not uncommon at all and having a child susceptible to it is immoral in every sense of...
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