If anyone else saw the Henry lewis Gates special on PBS, they tested the human genome (DNA) of 10+ notable celebrities/public figures and one of the amazing things was that every African American was around probably only 50% African desent. The rest was European Caucasian(Them slave owners loved them some sistas) and Asian(by way of Native Americans, because all indigenous Americans are of Asian desent, and we all know the history behind Native American tribes mixing with Black folk back in the day)…..SO we are not just “Black” or “White” or whatever because we all have the same genes running around in our veins! The same held true for White people…they had a little bit of Black and Asian in their lineage! Apparently People are all related so we need to stop tripping on each other. Stop mentally labeling someone because of how they appear! That “White dude” or “Black guy” could be your cuddy!
Recently, I found the 2010 Census form hanging on my door. As I began filling it out, I came across a dilemma. The U.S. government wants to know if my children are adopted or not and it wants to know what our races are. Being adopted myself, I had to put Ã¢â‚¬Å“OtherÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Know AdoptedÃ¢â‚¬Â for my race and Ã¢â‚¬Å“OtherÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t KnowÃ¢â‚¬Â for my kidsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ races.
Can you imagine not knowing your ethnicity, your race? Now imagine walking into a vital records office and asking the clerk for your original birth certificate only to be told Ã¢â‚¬Å“No, you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have it, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sealed.Ã¢â‚¬Â
How about being presented with a Ã¢â‚¬Å“family history formÃ¢â‚¬Â to fill out at every single doctorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office visit and having to put Ã¢â‚¬Å“N/A AdoptedÃ¢â‚¬Â where life saving information should be?
Imagine being asked what your nationality is and having to respond with Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t knowÃ¢â‚¬Â.
It is time that the archaic practice of sealing and altering birth certificates of adopted persons stops.
Adoption is a 5 billion dollar, unregulated industry that profits from the sale and redistribution of children. It turns children into chattel who are re-labeled and sold as Ã¢â‚¬Å“blank slatesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Genealogy, a modern-day fascination, cannot be enjoyed by adopted persons with sealed identities. Family trees are exclusive to the non-adopted persons in our society.
If adoption is truly to return to what is best for a child, then the rights of children to their biological identities should NEVER be violated. Every single judge that finalizes an adoption and orders a childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s birth certificate to be sealed should be ashamed of him/herself.
I challenge all readers: Ask the adopted persons that you know if their original birth certificates are sealed.