In a move that appears to be political correctness gone horribly, terribly wrong, social workers have torn a six-year old girl away from a loving foster family because she is 1/64 Native American.
Yes. You read that right.
Warning: The following video may tear your heart to shreds.
The child has very little (1.5 percent) Choctaw heritage, but apparently that was enough for the tribe to claim her because of a do-gooder-gone-bad act called Indian Child Welfare Act from 1978. Seems a bit silly to call claim it wants the welfare of a child when the group is tearing her away from a family that loves her to be with some random Choctaw family just because she has a VERY loose tie to them.
The Choctaw Nation issued this sorry-excuse for a statement:
The Choctaw Nation desires the best for this Choctaw child. The tribe’s values of faith, family and culture are what makes our tribal identity so important to us. Therefore we will continue to work to maintain these values and work toward the long-term best interest of this child.
What year are we in, again? 2016? We live in an multiracial world, where more people are claiming more that one race than ever before in our history. We at Beyond Black & White Kids can not fathom why and how there is any justification for allowing 1/64 Choctaw blood be enough to upset a child who was CLEARLY happy where she was.
This is reminiscent of the time when busy-body do-gooder social workers wouldn’t allow adoption of African American kids by non-black parents, thus leaving them to languish in an institution because there simply wasn’t enough black parents willing and able to adopt them.
When will be get to the point of understanding that parenting and love isn’t about blood, tribal affiliation, or melanin content? What’s truly best for the child isn’t that she know about Choctaw traditions, which can be taught to her by her foster parents without any need to scar her for life. It’s about having security, love, and acceptance from the people who bonded with her.
A statement from the foster family:
Our family is so incredibly devastated. Our hearts are broken and we are trying to make sense of everything that has happened with our three other children who witnessed their sister Lexi forcefully ripped away from our family by strangers.
But nobody could possibly be more devastated than our 6-year-old daughter who found herself restrained in a car and driven away to go and live in a foreign place hundreds of miles from her family, friends, teachers, home and life.
Let me speak directly to the people who took our daughter and who have her now. Please search deep into your heart and soul and do what’s best for Lexi. Do the right thing and bring Lexi back home. Do not keep her one more minute. Do not force her to spend one more night away from us and her siblings. Look her in the eyes and just ask her what she wants. She will tell you she wants to go home. I’m begging every American within the sound of my voice to help us bring Lexi back home.
What say you? Do you think her being 1/64 Native American is a good enough reason to tear her away from loving, non-Native American foster parents?