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    http://www.puaf.umd.edu/courses/puaf...n-Townsend.htm

    Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy

    1995

    RECLAIMING SELF-DETERMINATION: A CALL FOR INTRARACIAL ADOPTION

    Jacinda T. Townsend *

    [* J.D. 1995, Duke University School of Law.]

    The wholesale marketing of Black children to suit the economic
    interests of others was one of the cruelest aspects of slavery. Sons
    and daughters who were traded away from their parents would later
    struggle in vain to remember their families, their customs, and their
    countries of origin. Even the extended families which evolved in the
    transient slave communities were continually fragmented as children
    and their caretakers were merchanted to different plantations
    according to the whims of White slavemasters.[1]

    Although due to quite different circumstances, today the Black
    community continues to lose its children. At present, government
    sponsored entities,[2] overlooking the potentially harmful
    consequences of transracial adoption,[3] remove Black children from
    their communities through transracial adoption with Whites who are
    unable to secure children of their own race.[4]

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    Lawyer links adoption to slavery

    Dian wrote:
    http://www.puaf.umd.edu/courses/puaf...n-Townsend.htmDuke Journal of Gender Law & Policy1995RECLAIMING SELF-DETERMINATION: A CALL FOR INTRARACIAL ADOPTIONJacinda T. Townsend *[* J.D. 1995, Duke University School of Law.] The wholesale marketing of Black children to suit the economicinterests of others was one of the cruelest aspects of slavery. Sonsand daughters who were traded away from their parents would laterstruggle in vain to remember their families, their customs, and theircountries of origin. Even the extended families which evolved in thetransient slave communities were continually fragmented as childrenand their caretakers were merchanted to different plantationsaccording to the whims of White slavemasters.[1]Although due to quite different circumstances, today the Blackcommunity continues to lose its children. At present, governmentsponsored entities,[2] overlooking the potentially harmfulconsequences of transracial adoption,[3] remove Black children fromtheir communities through transracial adoption with Whites who areunable to secure children of their own race.[4]


    So what would you and Jacinda suggest as an alternative to trans-racial
    adoption for these children, given the difficulty in finding suitable
    adoptive parents within their own ethnic communities?



    Robin



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      Lawyer links adoption to slavery

      >
      Dian wrote:
      http://www.puaf.umd.edu/courses/puaf...n-Townsend.htmDuke Journal of Gender Law & Policy1995RECLAIMING SELF-DETERMINATION: A CALL FOR INTRARACIAL ADOPTIONJacinda T. Townsend *[* J.D. 1995, Duke University School of Law.] The wholesale marketing of Black children to suit the economicinterests of others was one of the cruelest aspects of slavery. Sonsand daughters who were traded away from their parents would laterstruggle in vain to remember their families, their customs, and theircountries of origin. Even the extended families which evolved in thetransient slave communities were continually fragmented as childrenand their caretakers were merchanted to different plantationsaccording to the whims of White slavemasters.[1]Although due to quite different circumstances, today the Blackcommunity continues to lose its children. At present, governmentsponsored entities,[2] overlooking the potentially harmfulconsequences of transracial adoption,[3] remove Black children fromtheir communities through transracial adoption with Whites who areunable to secure children of their own race.[4]
      So what would you and Jacinda suggest as an alternative to trans-racialadoption for these children, given the difficulty in finding suitableadoptive parents within their own ethnic communities?Robin
      Ancestral ressurection?


      Camps?


      Government Schools?

      Guardians, of course!

      J.




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        "Dian" <[email protected]> wrote in message
        news:[email protected] m...
        http://www.puaf.umd.edu/courses/puaf...n-Townsend.htm Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy 1995 RECLAIMING SELF-DETERMINATION: A CALL FOR INTRARACIAL ADOPTION Jacinda T. Townsend * [* J.D. 1995, Duke University School of Law.] The wholesale marketing of Black children to suit the economic interests of others was one of the cruelest aspects of slavery. Sons and daughters who were traded away from their parents would later struggle in vain to remember their families, their customs, and their countries of origin. Even the extended families which evolved in the transient slave communities were continually fragmented as children and their caretakers were merchanted to different plantations according to the whims of White slavemasters.[1] Although due to quite different circumstances, today the Black community continues to lose its children. At present, government sponsored entities,[2] overlooking the potentially harmful consequences of transracial adoption,[3] remove Black children from their communities through transracial adoption with Whites who are unable to secure children of their own race.[4]
        Oh, a lawyer says so, it must be true! Where do I sign the petition?


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          Lawyer links adoption to slavery

          J. wrote:
          Dian wrote:
          http://www.puaf.umd.edu/courses/puaf...n-Townsend.htmDuke Journal of Gender Law & Policy1995RECLAIMING SELF-DETERMINATION: A CALL FOR INTRARACIAL ADOPTIONJacinda T. Townsend *[* J.D. 1995, Duke University School of Law.]The wholesale marketing of Black children to suit the economicinterests of others was one of the cruelest aspects of slavery. Sonsand daughters who were traded away from their parents would laterstruggle in vain to remember their families, their customs, and theircountries of origin. Even the extended families which evolved in thetransient slave communities were continually fragmented as childrenand their caretakers were merchanted to different plantationsaccording to the whims of White slavemasters.[1]Although due to quite different circumstances, today the Blackcommunity continues to lose its children. At present, governmentsponsored entities,[2] overlooking the potentially harmfulconsequences of transracial adoption,[3] remove Black children fromtheir communities through transracial adoption with Whites who areunable to secure children of their own race.[4]
          So what would you and Jacinda suggest as an alternative to trans-racialadoption for these children, given the difficulty in finding suitableadoptive parents within their own ethnic communities?RobinAncestral ressurection?Camps?Government Schools?Guardians, of course!J.


          What guardians? The 'Poor law guardians', perhaps? Under Section 7 of
          the *******y Laws Amendment Act 1872 which allowed payments already
          ordered on application of a mother to be diverted to the Parish or Union
          if the child became chargeable, and section 5 of the *******y Laws
          Amendment Act 1873 which allowed the Poor law guardians to apply to
          justices for an order in their favour in respect of a child who had
          become chargeable. That is, stick them in the Workhouse. Given Di's
          usual view that any law that applies in any one place must also apply in
          every other place and at other times, it should an acceptable solution
          for all children regardless of the shade of their skin or their cultural
          heritage. That is after all one of the things that the Adoption of
          Children 1926 was is intended alleviate in England & Wales. If adoption
          is so terrible surely we must go back to what we had before.



          Robin





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            "hmm" <[email protected]> wrote in message
            news:[email protected]
            "Dian" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected] m...
            http://www.puaf.umd.edu/courses/puaf...n-Townsend.htm Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy 1995 RECLAIMING SELF-DETERMINATION: A CALL FOR INTRARACIAL ADOPTION Jacinda T. Townsend * [* J.D. 1995, Duke University School of Law.] The wholesale marketing of Black children to suit the economic interests of others was one of the cruelest aspects of slavery. Sons and daughters who were traded away from their parents would later struggle in vain to remember their families, their customs, and their countries of origin. Even the extended families which evolved in the transient slave communities were continually fragmented as children and their caretakers were merchanted to different plantations according to the whims of White slavemasters.[1] Although due to quite different circumstances, today the Black community continues to lose its children. At present, government sponsored entities,[2] overlooking the potentially harmful consequences of transracial adoption,[3] remove Black children from their communities through transracial adoption with Whites who are unable to secure children of their own race.[4]
            Oh, a lawyer says so, it must be true! Where do I sign the petition?
            I represent that remark

            Doug Thomas


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              Lawyer links adoption to slavery

              I'm not saying I agree with his premise, but what he does say is
              specific to the adoption of African-American children by white parents,
              not to adoption per se.

              Ron

              Dian wrote:
              http://www.puaf.umd.edu/courses/puaf...n-Townsend.htmDuke Journal of Gender Law & Policy1995RECLAIMING SELF-DETERMINATION: A CALL FOR INTRARACIAL ADOPTIONJacinda T. Townsend *[* J.D. 1995, Duke University School of Law.] The wholesale marketing of Black children to suit the economicinterests of others was one of the cruelest aspects of slavery. Sonsand daughters who were traded away from their parents would laterstruggle in vain to remember their families, their customs, and theircountries of origin. Even the extended families which evolved in thetransient slave communities were continually fragmented as childrenand their caretakers were merchanted to different plantationsaccording to the whims of White slavemasters.[1]Although due to quite different circumstances, today the Blackcommunity continues to lose its children. At present, governmentsponsored entities,[2] overlooking the potentially harmfulconsequences of transracial adoption,[3] remove Black children fromtheir communities through transracial adoption with Whites who areunable to secure children of their own race.[4]

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                Lawyer links adoption to slavery

                >
                So what would you and Jacinda suggest as an alternative to trans-racialadoption for these children, given the difficulty in finding suitableadoptive parents within their own ethnic communities?Robin
                A black family or no family at all!P2P
                I'd like someone who really believes in that approach to define "black family"
                for me. Or black, for that matter. Is it a matter of self-definition? Are
                the dark skinned African immigrants in my community "black"?

                The other night as we were going over my son's homework, he noticed a book I
                had pulled off the shelf, "Raising Black Children" Comer, James. P. 1975, 1992.
                He wondered who was reading it and why. "I'm not black," he said. Not in his
                own eyes; he identifies himself as Honduran. But many see him as black, in
                whatever sense the word has for them.

                He could as easily identify himself as bi-racial or possibly tri-racial, if he
                has the African ancestry so many see in him.

                As I watch his tastes in clothing, music and other bits and pieces of this
                culture evolve, I can't help buy wonder how he will identify himself by the
                time he's a man.

                J.






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