To that end, many judges have ruled on an individual basis that certain white parents cannot adopt black children. In August 2006, The New York Times reported on Nick and Emily Mebruer, a white couple living in Lebanon, Mo., who wanted to adopt a black child. The white judge initially ruled that they were "uniquely unqualified" to parent a black child because of their "limited interaction with black people and culture." Another couple, Martina Brockway and Mike Timble, a white Chicago couple, wanted to adopt a black child. In preparation for that adoption, the Times happily reported, they had decorated their 3-year-old natural daughter's room with "Black-themed children's books like 'Please, Baby, Please' by the filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee."
The pushback against transracial adoption relies on false notions of racial identity. Clearly, white parents who adopt black children need to inform their children about the unique history blacks have in America as well as the challenges they will sometimes face from the now-rare individuals who mistreat based on race. But the idea that whites and blacks in America do not have shared morals, shared ideals and shared visions is not just mistaken -- it is pernicious.
Blacks and whites alike share love of freedom promised in the Declaration of Independence; blacks and whites alike share love of family and faith. Those are far deeper values than the frivolous trappings of rap or jazz or Spike Lee that the left would have us designate as "black culture."
Living with values is not race specific. The Touhys and Michael Oher are evidence of that fact. Randall Kennedy, a black professor at Harvard Law School, sums it up well: "The emergence of 'rainbow families' formed by adoptions is a fascinating, poignant, encouraging landmark in the maturation of American race relations." Scorn for such families in the name of cultural segregation is not just destructive to the children who could be adopted into such families, but it is also destructive of American values as a whole.
Collins Tuohy, the Tuohy's daughter who was the same age as Michael Oher when the Tuohy family took him in, recently did an interview with the UK Telegraph. She said her fear was that people would always see Michael as "'the black kid that lived with the white family.' And he is way so much more than that." He is more than that because America is more than that, no matter what Vanessa Williams thinks.
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