My father was kidnapped from his birth family back in the 1920s by a white family who thought that his indian birth family was poor and "had too many children". They thought it would be a good christian thing to kidnap and raise an indian child, and the general consensus of society agreed with them as we see in this article where this topic is still being debated. The white family called this "adoption", though it didn't go through any court and was not with the consent or even advance knowledge of the birth family. Now if a white child was kidnapped under such circumstances, there would be a nationwide manhunt. As it is there was not a single thing done about it. His mother's complaints and attempts to find him resulted in absolutely nothing being done. The white family was responsible and well off and took good care of him. His indian siblings whom he never met throughout his life had a difficult time growing up. There is probably not a single white do-gooder or judge in the US who would not look at the financial situation and claim that he was "better off" with the white family since they had more money and fewer problems. He got more attention as an only child and attended better schools in a nicer neighborhood. My father found out he had been kidnapped when he went to join the Navy in WWII and found there was no birth record for him with the name he was told was his. His white mother broke down and told him the truth. Finally he understood why he never understood the perspectives and points of views and ways of being and getting along of his upper middle class friends and neighbors. He never spoke to the woman who kidnapped him again, and despised her for the rest of his life, throughout which he suffered severe distress and problems as a result of the trauma of what happened. His siblings who were raised in poverty grew up fine and did not suffer this distress at all. The arguments about finances and taking someone away because they are poor, or their parents don't have as many things, or are a hated minority are wrong. Kidnapping of indian children by whites (let's call this what it really is), whether done with the sanctions and approval of a racist judiciary system, or simply by grabbing children from their homes, is an act of violence. It is a hate crime. It is an act of genocide against our cultures and it has always caused great harm.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 13:43