Saturday, July 10, 2010

The "White Woman Saviour" Fad

"Why are American white women so anxious to adopt a 'dusky little heathen' child from the Third World?" asks David A. Yeagley, "the only voice of conservative American Indian thought" — White Women, Dark Children. An excerpt:
    Angelina Jolie really dramatized the role of the American white woman savior grabbing up the darkest, blackest babies, from deepest, darkest, most miserable Africa (as well as Cambodian, Vietnamese, and possibly Syrian). She and Madonna. That’s the extreme, of course. That is the zenith of the white woman savior image. Shall we not ask, however, why she didn’t adopt an American Negro child, if race was the issue? Or why not simply adopt an American white child? Is there something wrong with that? Or, is it not dramatic enough to suit the heroic vision of self-importanc? Do these white women have any knowledge, or even concern, about the foreign child’s present and future feelings, or the adopted child’s psychological development?

    It is difficult to avoid the immediate conclusion that these American white woman saviors are acting out their own sense of superiority and advantage. (Some might say, guilt, but, that’s not too likely.) They are romatically reaching out to the farthest corners of the globe to save a desperately lost and innocent child. What could be more noble, more heroic, more American? (Key focus here is on “noble”, and “heroic,” that is to say, on the woman’s feelings.)
[link via Conservative Heritage Times]

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Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Certainly advantage since adoption in the United States is so fraught with peril and the chance for heartbreak due to our litigious and "rights over duty" society.

That in itself is no small part of the issue.

1:23 AM  
Blogger kushibo said...

That article was fraught with prejudice and blanket assumptions that border themselves on being racist.

And how convenient it is that adopting Russian children is now being counted as "dark children" (scare quotes are a sloppy tool by sloppy writers) to make this point, when in the past the adoption of Russians and Romanians was used as symbol of White would-be adoptive mothers' unwillingness to adopt children of color.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


When my sister was a teenager, she saw a very moving documentary on Russian adoption. (That is, US couples' adoption of Russian children.) As a result, she said she wanted to adopt a Russian child of her own, too.

I reminded her that there are hundreds of children in the Philippines who already need good homes and whom she should probably consider first, if she ever became serious about adopting a child. Now, she knew that, of course, even if the reminder was like a *facepalm* for her. Anyway, when something is as trendy as the international adoption of any "exotic" children is, women will want to try it. White women in developed countries, whatever their main motivation, just happen to have the means to make these whims a reality.

(Besides, there are countless stories of local adoptions "going bad" when the birth parents change their minds and want their children back. It is next to impossible for a birth parent to contest an international adoption. I'm sure adoptive parents subconsciously consider that.)

4:13 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Steven and Enbrethiliel, you're right. Of course, it should be considered a triumph when the birth mother decides to keep he baby. A while back on Mark Shea's blog, he posted a prayer request from would-be adoptive parents because the birth mother was getting cold feet about giving up her baby. He got things backwards. There is no "right" to a baby.

kushibo, those were not scare quoted, he was quoting the language used a century ago by Protestant missionaries to note how the same attitude is displayed by the "White Women Saviour" minus the Christianity. Also, given the politically correct definition of the term "racist," it cannot be fairly applied to the author because he's an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation.

I did like what he has to say about "the great Black Father," though:

"America has had enough of foreigners. Take it from an Indian. It is time to close the doors. Nationhood demands it. No one would ever expect a Kenyan to become tribal chairman of the Arapaho, or a Nigerian to become chief of the Cheyenne. No one would expect a Saudi Arabian to become Prime Minister of Israel. Yes, an alien, lying black African became president of the United States–but that’s only because of the white liberal Communist traitors manipulating their way into power. It isn’t because it was the right, moral thing to do. It was an Oedipal thing to do. It was, collectively, a Freudian thing to do, perverted, self-destructive, and uneducated."

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Re: Western Confucian,

First thing, may I request that two of my comments be deleted; three duplicate comments showed up because of an internet error. My apologies for that.

As for Yeagley's comments on O'bummer, you have to recognize the beliefs of the "white liberal Communist traitors" (aka the Progressive fascists) who put groomed him for office. They believe increasingly in a one-world state; they do not believe in American Sovereignty.

That's obvious in the way our border with Mexico was opened under Clinton just as the country was sinking into civil war and default. They paid it off only because of the invaders who imported capital into Mexico in the intervening years.

Anyone want to tell me some bargain wasn't reached under the table?

7:58 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...


Duplicate comments deleted. Blogger comments have been weird lately.

As to your comments about O'bummer and Klinton, all I can say is... you're dead on.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous love the girls said...

Enbrethiliel writes : "trendy as the international adoption of any "exotic" children is, women will want to try it."

Wow. That is surprisingly damning.

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Re: LTG,

I saw in that light too. Adoption as a fad, with children as the latest fashionable "toy".

That is very damning indeed.

5:05 AM  
Anonymous love the girls said...

One of our children's books is about these orphans who wonder what will happen when adoption of orphans goes back out of fashion.

And that unfortunate event is perhaps verging a bit on reality.

7:54 AM  

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