“Racism’s labyrinth”.

Originally posted on Transracialeyes:

I came across this essay by Prof. Asma Barlas [ link ], entitled Racism’s Labyrinth . It’s a quick read, but quite interesting on a number of levels. An excerpt:

Whether white people want to claim their whiteness or not, whiteness claims them by positioning them as potential saviors of people of color. Liberals speak on our behalf; feminists tutor us, and conservatives discipline us, all of which are ways of saving us from ourselves. I am no stranger to the Catholic redemption narrative, but what I find foreign are the salvational pedagogies of a racism that is packaged as a secular good. Having dispensed with the idea of a religious savior, it seems Western secular democracies have embraced a racial logic that allows all white people to play at being redeemers. Now, everyone can save me, though for what reward, remains debatable.

Even though this secular whiteness feels foreign…

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#Malawi reads #Madonna.

The following is the full decree from President of Malawi, Dr. Joyce Banda, concerning a VIAP (Very Important Adoptive Parent), aka “Madonna” [link to full text]:

Claims and misgivings have been expressed by Pop Star, Madonna and her agents, against the Malawi Government and its leadership for not giving her the attention and courtesy that she thinks she merits and deserves during her recent trip to Malawi.
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On “radical psychology” and adoption.

I’ve been lamenting (for want of a better term) the lack within the various domains that undergird adoption in no small way (social work, psychology, psychiatry, etc.) of any “radical” alternative for adoptees to follow to find some sense of mental and physical well-being. Many argue theoretically that this is a given of these areas of study, that they aid and abet dominant power structures, and thus offer no solace to an adoptee who understands implicitly the devastating contradictions of her dispossession, displacement, and/or disinheritance, and yet cannot find societal acknowledgment of her state of mind.
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Sleeping Giants in #Adoption: Schedule up shortly!


Two years ago I presented at the Adoption Initiative Conference and I was blown away by the energy and force of those attending and presenting. I’m happy to now be on the Conference Committee, and am looking forward to next year’s event—I hope many of those who read here might consider attending. Registration is now open.
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France, Russia, adoption, and humanitarian imperialism.

Originally posted on Transracialeyes:

Many adoptees who have returned to their places of birth can identify I think with the reality of countries such as Lebanon, which boasts 7,000+ “non-governmental organizations”, which is one NGO for every 500 people who find themselves within this country’s current borders. We often joke here that the millions of dollars that these NGOs receive should just be divvied up equally among us, to spare us the political and (often) religious baggage that comes with such aid.

Jean Bricmont refers to this as one aspect of Humanitarian Imperialism [ link ], in which the former tools of imperialism, namely armies and colonies, are replaced by more insidious methods tied to economics and culture. In Noam Chomsky’s discussion of the subject, [ link ] we come across this interesting quote concerning Haiti, a country endlessly targeted and undone, perpetually deemed in need of “saving”:

In brief, Haiti falls into the…

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Water is life – not to be compared to gold

Daniel Ibn Zayd:

As I’m proofreading K’s PhD on the water sector, and how our future’s have been sacrificed for the IMF, the World Bank, and every other acronymed agency and NGO with their tentacles holding Lebanon prone and their fangs draining its life force, it really is the greatest of insults that they might imagine us so stupid as to believe their mendaciousness on top of everything else. The “Summer Without Water” is going to be a nightmare; those responsible for it should brace themselves.

Originally posted on Green Resistance (teaching, organizing, and eco-thinking):

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Water is Life – not to be compared to gold. There is no substitute for water!

If you live in Lebanon and drive through its highways or simply watch the news — on any of the non-state channels (LBC, MTV, Future, OTV, Manar, NBN), you quite likely have seen an advertisement for “Blue Gold” – hosted by the “Civic Influence Hub.” The adverts are slick, smart, and are designed to lead the viewer to express dismay at the government’s inability to provide clean water efficiently and thus to encourage the viewer to trust in this Civic Influence Hub.

Please don’t.

Al-Akhbar has revealed some of the problematic issues in this drive to privatize the source, distribution, and pricing of Lebanon’s water. See:Blue Gold: The deceitful plan to commodify water in Lebanon (and in arabic, here
And a campaign is underway in Lebanon to protect our water.

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#TransracialAdoption is…

White Acculturation Without the White Privilege™.

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#AntiAdoption is…

Anti-adoption is anti-classism. Anti-racism. Anti-colonialism. Anti-imperialism. Most importantly: Anti-narcissism.

Anti-adoption is pro-justice. Pro-families. Pro-community. Pro-ninety-nine-percent-of-the-planet. Pro-forma.

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Daniel Ibn Zayd:

“As opposed to the adoptive father, who was incarcerated for almost a year and who had a felony criminal conviction. He had been arrested in the past for grand theft auto and resisting arrest after a high-speed car chase, shoplifting and assault and admitted to use of marijuana, cocaine and acid.”

Originally posted on Resist racism:

March 2014 update:  Bail Romero has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the adoption of her son.  Carlos was taken from her and her parental rights were terminated against her wishes, largely in part because she entered this country as an undocumented immigrant. 

il·le·gal    [ih-lee-guhl]
1. forbidden by law or statute.
2. contrary to or forbidden by official rules, regulations, etc.: The referee ruled that it was an illegal forward pass.
3. Informal.  illegal alien.

(From dictionary.com)

In May 2007, Encarnacion Bail Romero was arrested during an immigration raid at a Barry County (MO) poultry processing plant. Her son Carlos was then seven months old. Bail Romero’s parental rights were subsequently terminated and her son was adopted by a Missouri couple.

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Encarnacion Bail Romero: A Mother Denied.

Originally posted on Resist racism:

I want to have my son even if I don’t give him a good education.

I feel tortured because I don’t have my son.

She [Bail Romero's sister in the U.S.] wants to know if I’m going to give him up and I told her that I’m not giving him up.

He is my son and I’m going to take him.


Seems clear enough, doesn’t it?  Yet Bail Romero’s son was taken away from her because she “abandoned” him and because she never communicated that she wanted to keep him.  Also she was not a fit parent:

[Jasper County court judge David] Dally also wrote that the biological mother’s lifestyle, “that of smuggling herself into a country illegally and committing crimes in this country, is not a lifestyle that can provide any stability for a child. A child cannot be educated in this way, always in hiding or…

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