The way the media is covering this story is entirely too creepy. All this is related to that story of that Black woman who was fired from Hooters. The Media acts like Blond hair is liquid gold growing out the scalps of their precious women. Everything about this story just feels wrong
This Story of the 'Blonde Angel' Living with Roma Parents Just Sucks
week, Greek police, searching a Roma family's home during an unrelated
criminal investigation, came across a pale, tow-headed little girl among
the family's gaggle of dark-haired, dark-skinned children. Immediately,
they were like, "HOW DID THIS GET HERE," and swept the girl up into
protective custody. DNA tests confirmed that the child was not
biologically related to her Roma family, but the parents claim they
adopted (or, were "given") her legally.
Authorities, concerned that the girl had been kidnapped and trafficked, have launched an international campaign to reunite the "blonde angel" with her birth family. The Roma parents have been arrested for abducting a minor.
The cultural complexities here are daunting. "We noticed your kid didn't look like you, so we took it" seems like it sets a bonkers precedent. People are notorious sh*theads to Roma communities (anecdotally, when I was in Romania, I was told explicitly
that Roma be rs are less than human), and the glee with which these
families are being vilified (their crimes still unproven, by the way)
feels like it's as much about feeding racist stereotypes as it is about
caring for children.
The Greek child, "Maria" as case workers have called her, was found,
according to Smile of the Child spokesman Panagiotis Pardalis, "amid bad
living conditions, poor hygiene." It strikes me as ironic that police
and charity workers are using the living conditions at the Farsala camp
as proof that Maria was abducted. Conditions in most Roma camps consist
of "bad living conditions, poor hygiene."
...Yet, the case of little "Maria" is being heralded as a
substantiation of "child stealing lying Gypsy" stereotypes. There has
been no question of why [armed] police repeatedly raided Romani camps
and why Maria was removed simply for being blonde. There are many
blonde-haired, blue-eyed Roma out there, none of whom are marched away
by the police because they are "strikingly different" or as Fox News
reporter Greg Palkot stated, "look nothing like [their] Gypsy parents."
Criminality is not related to ethnicity. Roma children are, however,
much more likely to be put into state care, trapped in segregated
education, and forcibly evicted from their homes. These are the stories
that don’t make it to the front page.
We urge restraint, and we urge all local authorities, media outlets
and other stakeholders to fully examine the facts before acting.
troubling here is the beatification of the girls' blondness—the way
it's so obviously being used as a signifier of worth, as though it's
somehow more of a crime to traffic a pale child than a dark one. It's a jarring distillation of Missing White Woman Syndrome.
Is anyone concerned about the parentage and safety of the other,
black-haired children in these families' care—if, as has been reported,
they have other illegally adopted children? Is anyone concerned about
entire communities of human beings living in poverty and squalor? (A
story out of Mexico last year raised similar questions.)
of course, kidnapping should be investigated. If these little girls
were kidnapped and can now be returned to their birth families, there is
some good in that outcome. But regardless of specific circumstances in
these cases, the broader implications—the assumptions we make about
historically marginalized groups and their fitness to raise their own children—are discouraging.
I am far from hysterical about matters of race, and I pray that this
child is restored to her biological parents (assuming they are alive).
It goes without saying that I feel for the child: I find her portrait
disturbing. She looks fragile, scared, and unhealthy: It is easy to
imagine trauma behind those blue eyes. But this story has made me very
queasy. Without condoning the Roma couple at the center of this
international genetic mystery (who seem, by most accounts, to be dodgy
people, found to be in possession of weapons and balaclavas), I was
struck by the alacrity with which the official mind raced from mere
observation to damning conclusion, the alacrity with which an
international incident flared up in the space of a few hours—all because
a blonde child was found in the custody of dark, Roma parents. A very
dark-skinned kid in the keep of blonde people is part of the natural
order, proof, in fact, of benevolence, of the bigheartedness of the
adoption process. But the converse—as is Maria’s case—is not merely
fishy, it is almost inconceivable. What is wrong with this picture? Everything.
At play here is a swarm of feelings, prejudices, instincts,
paranoia—many age-old and atavistic—that most civilized people in the
West (and many civilized people in other parts of the world) have taught
themselves to suppress. The leap to racial conclusions, when it occurs,
is a disconcerting impulse, particularly so when (as in the case of
blonde Maria and her Roma “parents”) the leap is so unabashed, so
artless, so unreflecting.
that something has gone terribly wrong here, perhaps on all sides. But
at the very least, I hope these little girls' stories end justly and
well. And that people following these stories become a little more
cognizant of the fact that all kids have value—not just the blonde ones.
I can see the pain in that baby eyes . CNN video shows how the people snatch the little boy they claim arm hard enough to break it . The poor child only wave at the camera . Many parents of missing children are claiming the little girl looks like the baby they lost . Pray the child is place with a family that loves her .
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