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?


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