Several studies have found that transracially adopted children struggle more with acceptance and comfort with their physical appearance than do children in same-race placements. Appearance discomfort has been linked to higher levels of adjustment difficulties in transracially adopted children and young adults. One study found that those raised in heavily white communities were twice as likely as adoptees living in racially mixed communities to feel discomfort with their racial appearance. And recall that in the Institute’s Beyond Culture Camp study, 78% of Korean adoptees considered themselves to be white or wanted to be white as children.
Gladys and Elizabeth [She Has My Eyes]
There are several things about this portrait that speak to me, as a black mother and as a lactivist. First, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m generally a little frustrated with the very limited selection of non-white breastfeeding art that is out there. It also makes me feel warm and fuzzy to see a black mother-child dyad depicted so lovingly; I sometimes feel bombarded by the onslaught of images and stories in the media that frame black motherhood as being naturally dysfunctional, and therefore detrimental to not only the involved family members, but to society at large.
The Indian in the Cupboard [American Indians in Children’s Literature]
Most people know exactly what Banks is talking with when she introduces the “plastic Indian” that Patrick gives to Omni. A great many people in my generation had easy access to these plastic Indians, but they’re a lot harder to get—thankfully—these days:
The opening paragraph to Indian In the Cupboard sets a lot of people right on edge. Sociologist Michael Yellow Bird (he’s Sahnish and Hidatsa) wrote a terrific article about those plastic Indians. It’s called “Cowboys and Indians: Toys of Genocide, Icons of American Colonalism.” It was published in the Fall 2004 issue of Wicazo Sa Review.