Friday, February 23, 2007

Adoptees: Speak Truth to Power

Was just listening to Tavis Smiley's radio broadcast on the State of the Black Union.

A excellent speaker talked about the importance of speaking truth to power and someone else paraphrased Malcom X that black people didn't land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on them. There was also a call to challenge authority.

At some point, a speaker said no apology for slavery was forthcoming and an Important Person in Power said black people "should just get over it" or some such nonsense.

And it all resonated.

It got me to thinking of where we adoptees are in OUR struggle to be heard.

If the evil system that was the Closed Era - which ended relatively recently - represents OUR enslavement then we are not very far along at all.

We are just finding our voices. Gathering strength. Trying to articulate all those things that an entire industry is dedicated to silencing. The internet has allowed us to find each other. There are more of us disgruntled adoptees (I think Possum coined this term and I love it!) than the industry would have the world believe.

Adoptees are a class of people without power. Decisions are made for us. We are condescended to throughout our lives. We are told to "get over it." There are rights just for us and the rights everybody else gets. We are the subject of documents issued by the Catholic Church (as mocked by Mia).

It is early days yet in our struggle.

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Blogger Possum said...

Sadly I think you are so very right Nina.
So many discredit everything we adoptees say. Even some adoptees. Somedays it truly feels like I'm just banging my head against a brick wall.
But we have to stay true and strong for those that come after us - it's not like adoption is going away any time soon.
It makes me very sad - and just a wee bit angry.
Hugs, Poss. xx

10:06 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

slavery went on for hundreds of years.it's only about 40-50 years since some of the laws changed. and it didnt take away the prejudices in ppl's hearts.I look at the adoption reform movement as something that's in it's very infancy. It's like we're all growing thru huge labor pains and battle arent won easy.I believe each one us who is touched by it has something to contribute either in our own lives or when we can, in the lives of others. I really like to see what has happened in austrailia with regards to adoption reforms.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Third Mom said...

What concerns me is that in the present state of our laws, the closed era may not be as over as we hope. I really worry that there's still plenty of secrecy, plenty of lies. And the laws just boggle my mind. There's so far to go.

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