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Old 05-07-2012, 05:33 PM   #11
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I have no idea if this line would bother my DD or not. A lot of adoption "jokes" seem to go past her, but then I never know if she's just keeping quiet. I am not asking everyone to be outraged. Far from it. I am asking people to consider WHY these remarks are still okay and why we still laugh. We used to laugh at certain racial slurs, but not so much anymore. Why? Are they less true? Less funny? Did we open our minds to the effect words could have?

I have always been a champion of children, long before I adopted. Especially children who were vulnerable in some way. I do not like to see children made to feel "less than" for no good reason. IMHO, a laugh is not worth that. It doesn't have to hurt 100% of the kids to be something we might want to rethink. Who is the bigger person here? The adult making the joke or the adopted kid? I know who it OUGHT to be.

Really, if adults have gotten to this point in life and still think adoption jokes are knee slappers, then I can talk until I am blue in the face and it won't make a difference. They will never see or care about the kids out there who feel like crap at because they are, essentially, a punchline. How many on this thread said, "Gee, you know, I never stopped to look at it like that. But now that you mention it, I see how jokes like that could really hurt a kid. I don't want to be part of that."? I know I won't be long counting the numbers. Which is, sadly, totally expected.

If we were talking about adults being offended, I would probably be less passionate than I am in this case. Children being hurt just doesn't strike me as humorous. Never has.
So far only ADULTS have expressed offense. Your kid didn't even see the movie. The OP was offended for his kid, but made no mention if his kid was upset by it.

Also, the line was delivered by an adult about another adult. No kids mentioned.
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