Sarah Roderick

My parents did not stop. Other people were brought into our home. When I was eight years old my parents rescued a teen-aged Filipina who had been brought to the U.S. by Saudi Arabian students as a slave. The Saudi slave owners skipped the country before prosecution, thanks to a liberal academia who tipped them off. She lived with my family for nearly three years, and, to this day refers to my family as her own. When I was a senior in college, my parents adopted a newborn African-American girl. In 2002, this was a rarity. My parents, the ultra-conservative, middle American, white, heterosexual married couple were trendsetters even before the days of Brangelina and Madonna.

When I announced the joyous news of my long awaited baby sister, I was met with criticism. The critics were not my conservative leaning friends; no, they were academic liberal elites. The biggest concern was that she was being taken out of her “culture.” Her culture? What culture were they inferring? Her birth-mother, an alcoholic and drug abuser, lived in a poverty-stricken and gang infested neighborhood. Her birth-mother had intended on aborting her, but she could not produce $200 to pay for the abortion. Was her culture and predetermined future to live a life of poverty and hunger, surrounded by drug dealers, violence and a decaying education system? Or was she better off being scraped off an abortion clinic floor into a trash can? Who were the real racists and bigots in these two situations? My parents, the conservatives, or the liberal academia?

It is difficult for liberals to accept that conservatives and the Republican Party are the future of progressive minorities. The success of African-Americans who happen to be Republicans have been touted as Uncle Toms on parade. The (R) stands for respect and rights. It is the right for every human being strive for a brighter future. It is the respect for all human life to be given an opportunity to pursue dreams.

My family, the Romneys, the Huelskamps, and many other multi-racial families have adopted out of love, not political gain. Our families are giving these children a hope for a better future. To those who made hurtful, slandering remarks accusing our families of racism, because of our political leaning, why is the first thing they noticed, color? When I look at family photos, I don’t see color, I see love.

As a conservative Republican, am I a racist for wanting a brighter future for my sister? Success, economic stability, strong family values, deep routed faith and pride in our nation are not the foundation for bigotry, but the foundation of hope, freedom and prosperity.

I personally rather be associate with the party that idealizes the philosophies of Abraham Lincoln, than the party that idealizes the philosophies of Margaret Sanger.

Sarah Roderick

Sarah Roderick, formerly employed at the Federalist Society, was actively involved in the conservative movement, worked on several national political campaigns and numerous international human rights projects focusing on religious minorities.