Anna at Pleasant View Schoolhouse is one of my favorite fundies. She keeps the majority of her religious nonsense off her blog, and her male children have been shown helping in the kitchen, her children could choose to wear pants when at christian school, etc. I mean, I'm concerned that her two oldest males have gone off to school and her female children haven't had anything about their education mentioned, apart from some homeschooling posts, but it may just be the age discrepancy there.
But I became very concerned when her vacation post addressed the fact she's never had any issues being a white parent of an adopted black child, and a recent post "Antebellum Day" makes me realize she's completely clueless in this area.
Her daughter Bella, 14, is black, the rest of the family (two other girls and two boys, along with Anna and her husband) are white. Anna takes the girls to a historical reenactment. This peaks my interest a little, and I comment,
"Do you make sure to discuss multicultural issues surrounding the event? Historial reenactments can be hard for children of color because its easy for white people to overlook the fact there are no blacks on the prairie. You mentioned in a previous post you've had no trouble with outright racism, but as Bella's getting older I'm wondering if you're able to discuss the systematic racism that a person of color encounters"
"Didn't the Ingalls have a black doctor in Plum Creek?"
And for the record, yes, they did. I'm not sure if she's being pedantic (because really, one black doctor in a fictional novel doesn't negate the fact that antebellum=before the war, before the war=blacks were generally enslaved) or if she's just never thought of this before, but it really, to me, reinforces a lot of the discussion around interracial adoption and it being done really poorly, to bad effects on the children. Even if her magical homeschooling bubble has kept Bella from experiencing systematic racism, it won't forever, and i was really hoping to have gotten "we've read a lot of books and gone to interracial parenting groups and have gone into this really knowing whats up."
I went back to a post about Bella's hair, and it's pretty ignorantly written. A commenter (not me!) asks if they've ever thought about going somewhere where Bella can choose different hairstyles, but there's no answer.
Yet another fundie getting into situations they don't understand.
(Note: I'm not saying interracial adoption is bad, because adoption is wonderful, but interracial adoption, with majority parents who do not understand minority issues can be pretty difficult and marginalizing. For some fictional books on the subject, try Jesusland and Kimchee and Calamari, along with adoptiveparenting.com and http://www.newsweek.com/2...04/22/raising-katie.html )