Someone Should Have Told Madonna That Stealing Babies is Hard Work
1 year ago
Clearly she has no idea of what real hardship means
If you’re not convinced that race and class are factors in adoption, consider the story of Charolmane and Prince Leonard, who lived with their six children inside a shed in Houston, Texas. Charolmane stayed home with their children and all of the kids were maintaining a B-average in school, but after just three hours in their home, the children were removed by Child Protective Services. According to Charlomane, "They didn't ask us if we needed help or anything. They just said, 'You can stay here, but your children can't.'" Defense attorney Julie Ketterman claims that although poverty cannot be listed as a legal reason for removal, it is often the reason why CPS chooses to act.
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Other than rent, the largest expense for a family is food. At any moment in time, Madonna can command a repast fit for a king. For the Leonards, it was back to the basics: they grew their own vegetables in the summer and filled jugs of water at local grocery stores. However, no one in the family was starving or malnourished. Are the Leonards somehow less fit parents because they live below the poverty line? Or did the state intervene because they are black and poor?
Consider the statistics for single mothers living in the United States. Over 25% of the children in the U.S. are currently being raised in single parent households and within that figure, 85% of those households are lead by women. According to the Census Data report on poverty in 2010, single female lead households have a poverty rate of 42% and an extreme poverty rate of 21%. Being a single parent is one of the most likely indicators of poverty in a woman’s life because it interrupts and often erases opportunities for advanced education, as well as limiting the ability to do things like work overtime in order to garner promotions. Social services do exist, but they often fall short of helping achieve positive class growth. Even though these measures are meant to be a stop-gap between absolute impoverishment, there is a negative stigma attached to any woman who uses social benefits to support her family. Ronald Reagan may have started the myth of the “welfare queen,” but today, the stereotype is alive and well, as an increasing number families fall below the poverty line.
Madonna is not a typical anything. She has both the class and racial privilege to engage in the neo-colonialist theft of children. When she needs to attend to a business matter, Madonna has the class privilege to afford good childcare. A significant percentage of single mothers struggle to provide the basic necessities, while Madonna has ready access to anything that her children need or desire. She may well see herself as struggling, but clearly she has no idea of what real hardship means because both her wealth and whiteness have removed her from the everyday concerns of the overwhelming majority of single mothers.
Perhaps if Madonna had not been so overly enamored with playing great earth-mother, she would not find the task of mothering so daunting. David and Mercy may well fall under the category of White Woman’s Burden, but how can anyone take Madonna’s hardship seriously? She is so far removed from the typical experience that one could well describe her life as being one of hyper-privilege rather than hardship.