WHITE PARENTS, BLACK CHILDREN
Experiencing Transracial Adoption
BY DARRON T. SMITH, CARDELL K. JACOBSON, AND BRENDA G. JUAREZ
ABOUT THE BOOK
White Parents, Black Children looks at the difficult issue of race in transracial adop- tions—particularly the adoption by white parents of children from different racial and ethic groups. Despite the long history of troubled and fragile race relations in the United States, some people believe the United States may be entering a post- racial state where race no longer matters, citing evidence like the increasing number of transracial adoptions to make this point. However, White Parents, Black Children argues that racism remains a factor for many children of transracial adoptions. Black children raised in white homes are not exempt from racism, and white parents are often naive about the experiences their children encounter.
This book aims to bring to light racial issues that are often difficult for families to talk about, focusing on the racial socialization white parents provide for their trans- racially adopted children about what it means to be black in contemporary Ameri- can society. Blending the stories of adoptees and their parents with extensive re- search, the authors discuss trends in transracial adoptions, challenge the concept of “colorblind” America, and offer suggestions to help adoptees develop a healthy sense of self.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Darron T. Smith is assistant professor at Wichita State University and a frequent commentator on various issues of race, including a New York Times post on transracial adoption of Haitian children. He is the co-editor of the book Black and Mormon.
Cardell K. Jacobson is Karl G. Maeser Professor at Brigham Young University and the author or editor of several books, including Statistical Handbook on Racial Groups in the United States.
Brenda G. Juarez is assistant professor at the University of South Alabama, specializing in multiculturalism and the social foundations of education. She has written extensively in the areas of whiteness studies and critical race theory.
Cloth ISBN 978-1-4422-0762-2
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BLACK AND MORMON
Darron T. Smith, Newell G. Bringhurst
The year 2003 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the lifting of the ban excluding black members from the priesthood of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now available in paperback, the essays collected in Newell G. Bringhurst and Darron T. Smith’s “Black and Mormon” look at the mechanisms used to keep blacks from full participation in the church, the motives behind the ban, and the kinds of changes that have – and have not – taken place within the church since the revelation responsible for its end.
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