Transracial Adoption and the Effects on Children In Richard Wright’s “The Man Who Went to Chicago”, Wright expresses his journey of several jobs and the way people treat him and the African American race. He learns that there are some people who have hatred toward him just because the color of his skin. Being use to the hatred towards African Americans, he later begins to hate himself because that is all he knows. This essay leads me to wonder about several racial controversies and what people think about them, such as the idea of transracial adoption and the effects on children growing up in those multi ethnic households. A greater question that this story leads me to is whether it is beneficial for children to be adopted by parents of a different race or ethnic group. There have been many debates and studies lead concerning how these adoptions affects these children. Some studies are focused on the benefits children receive by being adopted to another ethnic group, while others focus on the disadvantages and negative aspects of the children growing up. These studies show that some children may have identity issues and not truly know who they are and also how children turn out to be perfectly comfortable and open to the idea of being raised differently than their peers. An area of interest for researchers is the benefits of being adopted to parents of a different race. Researchers find that children that are transracially adopted have higher self-esteem and are more open minded than the average child grown up in the same ethnic group household. According to several adoption agencies, “Psychological studies have found that transracially adopted children appear to handle the identity issues all adopted children face better than most because, researchers theorize, they cannot pretend to be like everyone else” (Interracial Familes). These children understand that they are different than other children and that they do not have the traditional family in
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