Sandra Bullock, the woman who captured America’s heart and sympathy at nearly the exact same time via The Blindside and Jesse James’ wayward peepee has gone and adopted a Black kid from New Orleans.
She’s another in the long line of white folks who’ve gone out and copped them a ninja to raise and support.
So why is this a story? Seriously. I just peeped a CNN story entitled, “Bullock’s adoption of black baby stirs debate” and frankly I’m puzzled by the “debate.” Why does it even matter to anybody? Shouldn’t we just be glad that a Black baby from America actually got adopted. Most celebs traipse on over to Africa to pick up a kid to make a millionaire. Bullock, a woman with strong ties to New Orleans, has gone and adopted a youngster from the great city. Once again, I’m just happy the child was adopted…at all.
Look, I’m one of those people who feels that white people cannot adequately raise Black children. Not in this country where racial tensions lay latent and then explode out of nowhere for whatever reason. It’s hard for a white person to contextualize for a Black child what it all really means. It just is. This is fact. All the books in the world cannot teach you how to be Black. That’s a cultural experience and education that requires actual experience and education. White people tend to make excuses for other white people’s shortcomings and tell you that “it’s not everybody” and that you should take an individual as just that. They believe that the institutions are intent on justice, blah blah blah (No Ke$ha). Fact is, it’s bull malarkey. But…
…therein lies the quagmire. While I recognize that white people are not equipped (not even my own mother) to raise Black babies, SOMEBODY has to raise them. White parents are better than no parents at all. Especially in America where there are so many unadopted Black children who grow up in a system that is not designed to foster their growth, but their survival.
In a piece appearing on the site Black Voices, writer Lola Adesioye notes that Bullock joins other stars, including Madonna and Angelina Jolie, who have adopted black children. Madonna and Jolie’s children are African and Bullock’s new son, Louis, is from New Orleans, Louisiana.
“As Bullock’s case shows, a white celebrity adopting a black child raises questions as well as suspicions,” Adesioye writes. “Why do they want a black baby as opposed to a white one, when there are also white kids who are up for adoption?”
Why does this raise suspicions though? Seriously, I’m curious. I recognize that it became trendy a few years back to go to Africa and get a kid, and I see how it looks like the nice white people are helping out the darkies, but, suspicious? I’m not suspicious of these individuals intent. Maybe they view it as their way of giving back to those in need. I doubt any of them want a farm full of ninjas to do their work for them. That’s why they’ve hired Latinos already.
The online magazine Clutch, which is aimed at African-American women, asked its readers “Do you think Sandra Bullock is using her new black son to curtail the negative publicity on her husband’s scandalous affairs? Or is Bullock like many adoptive mothers who simply want to give children in need a happy home?”
The responses of commenters ranged from “God bless anyone who wants to adopt” to “Suspicious with the timing.” One person commenting raised the parallel of Bullock’s starring role as a woman whose family opens its home to a disadvantaged black football player in “The Blind Side” to her real-life adoption.
“When I saw the trailer my first thought was ‘not another white savior movie!’ ” wrote a commenter who identified herself as “Margaret.” “But in real life — our kids need homes. I’m glad to see that Sandra Bullock chose to adopt a child from the United States. Too many of our babies are in the system.”
I don’t even view these folks as trying to be white saviors. I view them as rich people with endless cash and realizing that the best way to give back is to REALLY do it by raising a kid. I think in this case, most folks are either over it because it happens so frequently or realize it’s a non-starter (like this CNN forced piece), but it comes up every time we hear about a white person of celebrity adopting a Black child.
So my people, why does anybody even care who these people are adopting? At least they’re adopting…right??
Inquiring minds would like to know.
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL, HE A 3