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Françoise Baylis and Carolyn McLeod

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656066.001.0001

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The Political Geography of Whites Adopting Black Children in the United States

The Political Geography of Whites Adopting Black Children in the United States

(p.222) 12 The Political Geography of Whites Adopting Black Children in the United States

Heath Fogg Davis

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The adoption of black children by white parents in the United States takes place in a geographical context that is marked by high levels of residential segregation between whites and blacks. The public and scholarly debate over these adoptions has focused on the moment of adoptive placement, rather than the future-oriented question of where these biracial adoptive families will reside. Although white adopters of black children have a legal right not to be told where to live, they have a moral obligation to choose residential neighbourhoods for their biracial adoptive families that are not predominately white, and where the family will have at least some black neighbours. This moral ought is a more magnified version of the general moral responsibility that we all have to make housing decisions that do not perpetuate long-standing patterns of racially segregated housing.

Keywords:   adoption, African Americans, housing segregation, liberalism, phenomenology, racial discrimination, racial identity, racial segregation, rescue, transracial adoption

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