The increasing numbers of African children being adopted by white parents, especially white celebrities, has sparked a debate among African-Americans that has raged on for years. While that debate is ongoing, few people are aware that increasingly, whites overseas parents are adopting African-American children.
CNN detailed a young girl named Elisa van Meurs, 13, who lives a privileged life of horseback riding and vacationing in the Swiss Alps with her Polish parents. She is African-American and has met her birth family, who acknowledged that they just didn’t have enough money to care for her.
“It’s really nice to go there because you can walk in the mountains and you can mountain bike … you can see Edelweiss sometimes,” van Meurs says of the Alps.
Many mothers who give birth to biracial children don’t want those children being raised in the United States. Susan, who is white, says she became pregnant while addicted to crack and didn’t know whether she was impregnated by a man she was involved with or by a man who r@ped her, but both men were African-American.
“There’s too much prejudice over here. The white people are going to hate him because he’s half black, and the majority of black people are going to hate on him because he’s half white,” said Susan. “And then he’ll have to do extra things to prove what kind of a Negro he is, and extra things to prove what kind of a honky he is and I don’t want that. I did not want that for my kid.”
She says even her own daughter “would never accept that n***** child.”
According to CNN, adoption laws in America have helped to make this a growing trend:
there is one nation from which parents abroad can adopt a healthy infant in a relatively short time whose family history and medical background is unclouded by doubt: The United States…..U.S. laws that allow birth mothers to choose the adoptive family of their children feed that growth, as some prefer to see their kids grow up in an exotic overseas locale rather than the U.S.
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