Tags: Angelina Jolie, black baby, celebrity adoption, interracial adoption, Jesse James, Madonna, Nazi, racism, Sandra Bullock, Sandra Rose
Today Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock announced her divorce from cheating husband Jesse James—and revealed that before they split the couple adopted an African American baby boy, Louis, who was born in New Orleans and is now almost four months old.
This is particularly interesting given the fact that James has recently been tied to white supremacists—one of his alleged mistresses, Michelle McGee, posed for a photo shoot in Nazi regalia and has tattoos that imply support for the white power movement, and a photo of James himself giving a Nazi salute has been saturating the media. In a new interview with People magazine Bullock says that she was shocked when she saw the photos and condemned them in no uncertain terms:
“This was stupid, this was ignorant. Racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, anything Nazi and a boatload of other things have no place in my life. And the man I married felt the same.”
James’ issues aside (Bullock is finalizing the adoption as a single parent), people are already questioning the wisdom of placing the baby in a white family.
Redeemed777, a commenter on the website Sandra Rose, wrote:
“OK WHY DO THESE WHITE FOLKS FEEL THE NEED TO ADOPT BLACK CHILDREN? WHY? WHY? I’M NOT GONNA LIE IT JUST PISSES ME OFF! I FEEL LIKE THEIR LAB-RAT CURIOSITY ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE/CHILDREN/WOMEN/MEN IS JUST GETTING OBSESSIVELY OUT OF CONTROL. UGH!”
Another commenter, Mirsmommy, agreed:
“The baby is beautiful, but WTF @ black babies becoming the new accessory for white celebrities.”
But not everyone shared their opinion. Commenter Cinderella wrote:
“@Redeemed, I don’t think White people “feel the need” to adopt Black children. I think they find it easier to adopt Black kids because there are so many around the world needing homes. Healthy White children are hard to adopt.”
“So many in our race want to criticize white people for adopting black babies but how many of us are stepping up to the plate? As long as she’s going to be a good mother to that adorable baby, race should not be an issue.”
Chase Says wrote:
“Cute kid and go Sandy… I don’t have the money but if I did the first thing I would do is adopt a baby… I’m appalled at some of these comments… D.a.m.n.e.d if u do and d.a.m.n.e.d if u don’t.”
Candi Apple took it further:
“The first thing black people say is the little black baby will be disconnected from his culture. What culture? We have no culture to be honest. By culture do they mean the drug users and dealers, the hoes and the gold diggers, why black women can’t find a good black man, because really these topics are always on the forefront. Black people who are semi-successful and successful try to distance themselves from this because they know its not a culture its a predicament… If Sandra B is going to help this child develop into the best person he will be I don’t see a problem with her being his mother.”
Several commenters pointed out that unlike certain other celebrities’ adopted black children, Louis is American. Historically African American children have been difficult to place in adoptive homes, as many Americans choose to adopt internationally instead.
“ When brangelina and madonna were doing it and going over to Africa, the question was why can’t they adopt over here. There are alot of black babies who need a good home…”
“Awwwh what a beautiful baby! Congrats to Sandra! There are so many black babies in the US that stay in the foster care system, so if she is willing to help a black baby get out the system and treats him well, more power to her!!!!”
What do you think—should black children be raised by white families?