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  •  I believe you. (14+ / 0-)

    The pressures are enormous, and at a time when the biological mother is most vulnerable.  [Although I gather that in this case, any pressures came from the biological mother's parents; that the family didn't want a "half-breed" child.]

    We also have a [relatively] new dynamic at play, in that we have a lot of [also relatively] wealthy white couples who desperately want to play Indian.  You see it in the faux shamanism, ceremony-stealing-and-selling crap that goes on every day.  I've known of a number of such people who want to acquire (I use that word deliberately) a child and decide that their ticket to "'being Indian" is to acquire an Indian child.

    Frankly, that makes me even madder than the forced conversion types, or the ones who are in it for the money.  It's all terrible, but the inherent racism in this new wrinkle just infuriates me.

    And I have absolutely zero confidence in this case being decided correctly.  Which scares the hell out of me.

    Authentic Native American silverwork, jewelry, photography, and other art here.

    by Aji on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 12:51:13 PM PST

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    •  if you start to examine the dynamics of adoption (11+ / 0-)

      these days,  there is a wide streak of entitlement and ownership.

      consider the phrase "our birthmother"  it translates to "the incubator we own"  ( and will dispose of as soon as possible.)

      now consider the latest in marketing from adoptionland:   "open pregnancy."   you've heard of open adoption?  ( also a marketing ploy, as 80% of these close  upon finalization. )

      "open pregnancy"  means pre birth matching, with the potential adoptors monitoring the pregnancy medically , being at all the doctor appointments, ultrasounds. making sure she eats right, etcetcetc.

        all before the woman has signed papers!    it is coercive in the extreme, and assumes that two humans are now subject to the demands of a third, unrelated  party.  a third party with MONEY.  a third party WITH MONEY WHO WANTS YOUR KID.  and who will promise you the moon right now, but toss you out like last night's dinner once the papers are signed and  you have no legal rights.

      that's what 's happening in adoptionland right now.

      if adoption was about finding homes for children who need them, there would not be  hundreds of thousands of  children aging out of the foster care system. ( that's a whole nother  deal, but i am not intimately  acquainted with it, so i stay out of discussions about it)

      but, adoption is not about finding homes for needy children.  it is about finding children for needy homes.

      emphasis on needy.

        in your case, i would have to agree that there is a racist element.  you children as fashion accessory, as accouterments to someone's vanity.

      in one year and out the next, as a new fashion trend comes along.

      •  That's one thing that has troubled me . . . (8+ / 0-)

        for as long as I can remember.  

        My father was corrupted by the fundies on his mother's side of the family; it scarred him for life.  And I grew up in an environment where he referred to us kids as "his in a way that clearly demonstrated that he understood us to be his property - like a house or a car or suit of clothes.  A thing, an acquisition.

        It's an outgrowth of capitalist and colonialist cultures and attitudes, and it's a dangerous one.

        Authentic Native American silverwork, jewelry, photography, and other art here.

        by Aji on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:43:26 PM PST

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        •  indeed it is (5+ / 0-)
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          Aji, chimene, navajo, meralda, Avilyn

          colonialization of an extreme variety

          add in the narcissistic injuries of people who have been denied the ability to conceive, and the vast sums of money that change hands under conditions of secrecy, and you have a potent poison indeed.

          i am reading through your thread.  it seems like you guys have a pretty good handle  on this.

          the links i referred to earlier are all about the nuts and bolts of how babies are obtained  from around the globe, and fed to the american white person's adoption market.   stories from the washington post, brandies university, foreign policy magazine, the harvard law review, etc.

          if you decide you want them,  let me know.

          my very best wishes to all of you.

    •  don't be scared (12+ / 0-)

      ORGANIZE!  

      the industry is  weak.  actually, it is dying.  it is going the way of the dodo.  everywhere they turn ,  people are on to them, and the doors are slamming in their faces.

      get your best lawyers together, and teach the industry a lesson in court.

      after all these years, it comes down to this:  the only thing they understand is lawsuits.

      terry achane won.  you guys can fight this as well.

      .  

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