Transracial / Interracial Adoption Hurts Children

John Piper is a popular theologian and leading Cultural Marxist voice on Christian racial issues. His book 'Bloodlines' is a very unfortunate document.

In the video accompaniment to 'Bloodlines' Piper recounts how he grew up a "racist" before coming to accept the liberal Marxist view of race. In the final half of the video, Piper explains why he wife decided to adopt an African-American girl. Piper's motivation was very similar to that of other white couples who choose to adopt outside their race. Namely, to prove they are not racist and further the cause of diversity.

Piper explains:
"God did a remarkable work in us. He taught me this. He said, look, if you act consistently with your convictions about interracial marriage and the nobility and beauty of diversity, this choice would commit you to this issue till you're dead. And that swung it for me. Those three things: love for my wife, love for this little girl, and love for the cause. Because of Christ exalting racial harmony and racial diversity. Because if I lock into my family the issue, this beautiful little women created in the image of God, and say 'your mine' till one of us is dead than I wont ever be able to run away from this and I wanted to draw that line in the sand in a decisive way at age 50... [this child] has brought alive a love for racial diversity and racial harmony..."
Interestingly, Piper equates his daughter with "the issue." Piper comes close to saying he adopted his daughter as a political statement. Though he mentions his love for his wife and the girl, the clear thrust of his motivation for the adoption was a desire to force himself to pursue diversity in his intimate life.

The transracial adoption fad is the product of white guilt. Adopting a child of another race is an attempt to prove that one is not racist.

CHILDREN AS COMMODITIES

It is almost sickening to see the commercialization of babies based on race. Many families appear to have taken the Pokémon mantra "Gotta Catch 'Em All" to a new extreme. No family is complete without the full roster of black, Asian, Latino, and (maybe) white.

Like another modern commodity, a racially different baby is next to the suburban McMansion on the upper middle class "to do" checklist. For the morally inclined, the gives gives one the comfort of self-righteousness on the ultimate virtue of our time (diversity).

But is it really healthy for a child to grow up in a home where its own "family" is of a completely different race? Is it healthy for a kid to grow up being physically singled out as an obviously adopted child? How would an African feel while attending their own family reunion as the only black person?

Transracially adopted blacks are often rejected as "too white" by their own people. At the same time, whites never feel fully comfortable discussing racial issues around them. A transracially adopted child a person without a tribe. A true outsider.

RESEARCH

The little research conducted on this topic confirms a negative diagnosis. In a 2009 article published in the New York Times it was reported that:
"according to one of the largest studies of transracial adoptions, which is to be released on Monday. The report, which focuses on the first generation of children adopted from South Korea, found that 78 percent of those who responded had considered themselves to be white or had wanted to be white when they were children. Sixty percent indicated their racial identity had become important by the time they were in middle school, and, as adults, nearly 61 percent said they had traveled to Korea both to learn more about the culture and to find their birth parents.
Like Ms. Young, most Korean adoptees were raised in predominantly white neighborhoods and saw few, if any, people who looked like them. The report also found that the children were teased and experienced racial discrimination, often from teachers. And only a minority of the respondents said they felt welcomed by members of their own ethnic group.
As a result, many of them have had trouble coming to terms with their racial and ethnic identities."
The article includes several interviews with transracial adoption victims who grew up with deep denial that they were racially different than their family. One Asian women said she was twenty-one years old before she could look in the mirror and not be shocked by her own appearance.

The parents of transracial adoptions also have a hard time coping with their child's identity crises. One of the interviewees recounted that her genetically Swedish mother freaked out when she asked about her Korean heritage (having viewed it as a rejection of her motherhood).

The major study mentioned above dealt only with Korean children. Koreans have traditionally been known for successfully assimilating into white American society. If even these children face considerable trouble coping with interracial adoption how many more problems will black African children have?

CONCLUSION

While white Christians like John Piper might want to tranracially adopt out of a desire to further a Marxist social agenda, little thought is often given to how this type of situation will effect the children themselves.

How can liberal whites weigh the consequences of their actions? To them, race is only a destructive social construct in need of being ignored or subverted. To these leftists, the very real issues of race and identity which their adopted children face are unexplainable, and their suffering illegitimate.

Transracial adoption is often not an act of salvation, but rather a selfish ploy designed to make whites feel better about themselves.

[NOTE] Another Christian's thoughts on why interracial adoption is unhelpful: [Generation5]