Madonna & Malawi – Adoption and Race

Well It’s been in the news all week, So what do we think? At the end of March the BBC reported:

Pop star Madonna is to travel to Malawi in a bid to adopt a baby girl called Mercy James, officials have said.

Madonna Already Adopted David Banda from Malawi
Madonna Already Adopted David Banda from Malawi

The Reuters news agency was told that the child has “no father and mother, they both died”, and an assessment was completed on Thursday.

“Many people – especially our Malawian friends – say that David should have a Malawian brother or sister.
“It’s something I have been considering.” In 2006, critics accused the Malawian government of sidestepping laws banning foreign adoptions in order to allow the celebrity to take David home with her. After the adoption was legalised, Madonna said the difficulties had arisen because “this adoption essentially was the beginning of the creation of adoption laws in Malawi”.

From the third of April it was widely reported that Madonna had been unsuccessful in her bid to adopt a second Malawian child.

I’m curious to know what people think about this. Is she helping an orphan who otherwise would have no home?
Or “Stealing” a child away from their roots and culture?

Bear in mind the number of black and mixed race children there are in the west who have no homes to go to. Should ethnicity actually be a factor? If so why?

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