Forwarded from Nestor (adoption)
Gorojovsky at SPAMarnet.com.ar
Wed Feb 28 15:44:29 MST 2001
En relación a Re: Forwarded from Nestor (adoption),
el 28 Feb 01, a las 2:05, soil_ride dijo:
> Nestor typed:
> "...officials who trade Correntino babies (many of them are blue-eyed) in
> the world market and *provide the false credentials* for this to be done..."
> (*asterisks mine)
> Nestor's commentary is intrigueing.
> The closed door policies that adoption agencies still adhere to, is their
> most powerful cover to dissuade any organization and/or agency from any
> suspicious activity.
> Fanon in Black Skin,White Masks discusses the imperialism of the colonists
> in their racist attidudes towards the native. The Negroes of the Antilles
> with comparison to the African sees oneself as superior to that of the
> African. Precisely because the Negro of the Antilles, colonized by the
> European on land and in mindset, are "more human". The greatest weapon
> against the native is the native themselves. I see no contradiction between
> culture imperialism and the process of adoption. Fanon in BSWM has held my
> interest for quite some time now concerning racial identity and history. I am
> able to relate to his texts and essays in many ways.
> Despite my own situation, I am forced by my own convictions to explore the
> culture imperialism of the whole, not just children, not just adoption.
> Adoption are independent systems that embodies all of the capitalist system,
> whether funded privately or through government regulations under various
> Departments or Ministries of Health and Welfare...
> The experience of "cultural imperialism" seems to be not just limited to
> small children placed in foster homes or internationally DISplaced in
> families abroad, but the very location in which the children are finally
> "given up" "traded", stolen....
> The Other in this case, that would fit precisely to what Fanon refers to,
> is the mothers who gave birth to these children, already victims of the
> class antagonisms in their own countries, but subjected to the Liberal
> Welfare Family Regulations, promising to give "a better life" for the child or
> children, exactly because of the conditions the mothers(and fathers) are living
> I refer more to mothers, because this is my first introduction(may I say, my
> first "lesson") to the exploitation of women of color in capitalist
> imperialistic societies abroad and within. A journey into feminist thought.
> "Algeria Unveiled" comes to mind when talking of women, class, and imperialism.
> The following excerpt was enlightening to read, discussing the cultural
> imperialism that women(fathers and children too) experience.
> "For birth mothers, this cultural imperialism imposes a dual identity upon
> them. One identity, that of birth mother, must be hidden, so that she will
> not be identified as a member of a deviant and degenerate group of women.
> The other self is a false public identity because the woman is forced to
> become an imposter; she is a mother but she cannot admit the fact to anyone even
> herself. She is not allowed or encouraged to grieve her loss. She is expected to
> forget and erase from her memory the fact that she has given life to her own
> child. Her reward for this denial is to be accepted back into the dominant
> culture and to assume her old identity. Many birth mothers spend numerous years
> of their lives in a state of bewilderment, unable to comprehend or understand
> fully what has happened to them. They have a new but secret identity that cannot
> be integrated into the public self. Carlini (1992) calls this a "fracturing of
> the self" (p. 18). All of the birth mothers in my study recount this loss of
> identity followed by their assumption of a false identity."
> To read the rest of the essay follow this link:
> My only understanding of the adoption processes internationally and locally that
> it spells disaster for all parties involved while working on the guise of
> building a family for the more well developed nation and "white-washing" them,
> as in the cases of the Indian children in North America on the reservations. As
> someone else mentioned in another post, the taking away of a people's children
> is genocide.
> You are right Nestor, "adoption" (kidnapping)is a scandal and a brutal one. As
> for Colombian street children and orphans, many years before I heard the stories
> of the "solutions" to solving the street kids that lived in the sewers and
> underground dwelling places. It still sends shivers down my spine when I think
> about it. For the teenagers that have joined the guerrillas, for them, that is
> their future, they are already living a doomed existence. For them there is no
> other "future". My heart goes out to them and to all the other children in
> Latin Amrica and eslewhere who are in those same situations. My heart also goes
> out to the parents that have had their childrens stolen. My anger is for those
> who had devised such a wicked plan and for the plan itself, simply for business
> and profiting. Family values? Much more like Family DEHistorizing and
> Remodifying identities to fit a greater First World purpose.
> Abolish "Adoption"!
> In Solidarity
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: marxism at lists.panix.com <marxism at lists.panix.com>
> Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 10:33 AM
> Subject: Forwarded from Nestor (adoption)
> >Lou, please fwd,
> >International "adoption" is in fact an outrageous scandal and every
> >"Leftist", nay, every progressive person in the First World, should oppose
> >Argentina has the "privilege" that our "commodities" are well priced, that is,
> >we can display an interesting assortment of white, blue- or green-eyed, fair
> >haired babies that can be sold at best prices in the racist world market for
> >Most of the children who are victimised in this trade are, as anyone can
> >guess, children of poverty and misery, and the procedures for adoption are more
> >like kidnapping than anything else. Sister Martha Pelloni, a nun who disclosed
> >the connections between power and crime in the "María Soledad" case (a teen
> >ager who was murdered by a high-class play boy in Catamarca, Argentina, and
> >whose murder was subsequently covered up by a wide conspiracy of the local
> >state), denounced not so long ago that in the Corrientes province (she was
> >moved from Catamarca after the María Soledad case became unstoppable) there is
> >an organization involving judges and officials who trade Correntino babies
> >(many of them are blue-eyed) in the world market and provide the false
> >credentials for this to be done.
> >When one approaches them, these people, of course, explain that they are
> >"doing a service to the children" by helping them leave this wretched
> >country. But the pervasive word is that many are simply taken as pets, not
> >exactly as human beings, by the adopting families (the Corrientes organization
> >seems to be linked to German groups) and sometimes, once they become a bore,
> >they are even left by themselves. On another ground, the racist parameters of
> >the purchases are absolutely revolting. A white, blue eyed, fair haired baby
> >may reach a "price" from three to five times that of a dark skinned, brown
> >eyed, black haired one.
> >The babies are generally obtained from young girls who have not been able
> >to prevent a pregnancy, or mothers who simply cannot feed them. In fact,
> >what this commerce requires for its existence is the destruction of a state
> >sponsored system of care for parentless children, as well as conditions of
> >utter misery and deprivation for the masses. That this is the case in Argentina
> >today is simply a shame, since during the early 50s we had already attained a
> >model system for children care, under the strong auspices of Eva Perón, a
> >natural child herself.
> >This trade uncovers the hypocrisy of those Western media who blame the
> >Colombian guerrilla for drafting teen agers. These teen agers find a much
> >more dignified place on Earth fighting with the guerrilla than anywhere
> >else. Their children, if the guerrilla wins, will not face sale in the
> >international market for "adoptions".
> >Lic. Néstor M. Gorojovsky
> >Louis Proyect
> >Marxism mailing list: http://www.marxmail.org
Judging from the lines that follow the above, what most probably has happened
is that my English was not good. I simply wanted to mean that there are
networks of Argentinean officials who forge documentation to sell children
abroad. That was all.
Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
gorojovsky at arnet.com.ar
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