Without a doubt, native and black communities are very concerned about whites adopting non white children. It is a huge issue in the US as well as in Canada
These threads are really, really hard to read some days so I just want to thank human for pointing this out & I also want to attempt to outline some of the issues for those who are unaware of why
it's viewed as problematic
A lot of people have trouble understanding why First Nations communities have concerns over child removal, & not just on WS, this is something that comes up a lot. So first up I want to make clear that although it's often misrepresented this way, it doesn't mean all child removal is opposed. It doesn't mean people are demanding children be left in dangerously abusive homes.
But let me be clear,
The concerns over removals are valid
& do not compare in any way to the unfounded complaints some people make over gay adoption.
The difference between these removals/placements vs placement of children with gay couples is that there's no history ever
of an LGBTQ govt enforcing mass removals of heterosexual children & placing them with gay couples to "civilise" them & train them as a child workforce for the LGBTQ community. But this did happen to generations of First Nations children in Canada (Residential Schools), & Australia (Stolen Generation) - within living memory, & frequently to the parents, grandparents & great grandparents of kids being removed this decade. (I'm less familiar with U.S practices but I know there's history there too).
& the LGBTQ community isn't currently continuing this practice in a sanitised, contemporary form by removing statistically higher rates of heterosexual kids while simultaneously rejecting heterosexual kinship & community carers on the grounds they're "unsuitable", thereby creating a situation where there's an increasing number of heterosexual children requiring placement, but barely any approved heterosexual carers to take them.
I find that many people view the complaints as frivolous, obstructive & unneccessary & I agree, they probably do appear that way at face value, but dig deeper, learn the true history & it's devastating ongoing impact, learn what's really happening right now, & you'll end up with a very
For instance, few people realise there are identical First Nations child removal crises occurring again in Canada, the U.S & Australia.
Removing First Nations kids frequently results in lifelong trauma & damage even if kids aren't placed in an abusive or neglectful environment. Many kids completely lose their language & culture, & then when they turn 18 & want to come home they can't even communicate with their own family. As adults they're socially isolated, feeling that they don't fit in anywhere.
In Australia, Aboriginal child removal also breaks the 60,000+ year connection to traditional lands, which then precludes removed kids from taking part in Native Title claims - so the govt has a vested interest in removing kids from communities that have strong ties to their traditional lands. Land theft isn't a 19th century thing, it's ongoing & child removal is an underhanded method of dispossession.
Loss of language & culture via child removal also contributes to the extinction of language & culture - & hence leads to forced assimilation - which is why the International Convention For The Prevention of Genocide lists this type of child removal as a component of genocide :
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a)Killing members of the group;
(b)Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c)Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d)Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
I've never met, or heard of an adult who was happy they were removed, & if you've seen the movie "Rabbit Proof Fence", please understand that there's a new Stolen Generation happening right now & it's bigger than the first.
Since the Hart's hit the news again last month I've realised that many of the systemic issues we see in First Nations child removals in Australia are (*generally speaking*) also present in the removal of Black kids in the U.S, so while much I've said here in this post doesn't apply, there are still a lot of common factors.