The Adopted Black Baby, and the White One Who Replaced Her
We thought this was a great article from the New York Times as part of their Race/Related Series which combines adoption and race in unexpected ways.
In 1962 Chicago, a wealthy white family decides to not adopt a black baby girl who was placed with them for adoption. A few months later they adopted a white baby girl. What happened to these two girls. Who was better off?
It was around 1970 in Deerfield, Ill., and Ms. Sandberg told her youngest child a closely guarded secret about a choice the family had made, one fueled by the racial tensions of the era, that sent a black girl and the white girl that took her place on diverging paths.
Decades later, the journeys of the two women tell a nuanced story of race in America, one that complicates easy assumptions about white privilege and black hardship. Lives take unexpected twists and turns, this family story suggests, no matter the race of those involved. And years later, it is not easy to figure out the role of race when looking for lessons learned.
The full story is interesting and challenging to consider.