The Other Side of Privilege

White parents who adopt transracially will often have to confront white privilege as they work to raise their children.

When I stop at the mini-mart after midnight, I don't have to worry about whether the clerk will be suspicious of me. I can tell myself that the reason for the clerk's nonchalance is that I am a five-foot-four-inches-tall middle-aged woman — no obvious threat. However, the fact that I am white also grants me a presumption of innocence that I have not earned. I can go to the hardware store after a morning of gardening and not have to ...

If we’re white, we experience many benefits of unearned status because we’re “the norm.” But adoptive families are not considered the norm. Now what?

JOIN

Subscribe now for exclusive access to this article, future digital issues of Adoptive Families, the full searchable Adoption Parenting Library and much more.

Already a subscriber? LOG IN


Need help? CLICK HERE
Authors


Copyright © 1999-2015 Adoptive Families Magazine®. All rights reserved. For personal use only. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

More articles like this

Newsletter
Given email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.
Please provide a valid email address.
Thank you for signing up! Your first Adoptive Families newsletter will arrive within the week.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Please fill in the required fields.
Top