My Child Is An Immigrant
We’ve spent the last week celebrating the fact that our chid is officially a Canadian Citizen. We had cake. We had family photos. We sung O Canada. We made a point to visit spectacular Canadian historical sites. We’ve cherished this moment because it means our child is now part of this great country and because it means we are so close to being done with all the international adoption paperwork.
And yet at the same time, it feels like every single time I read the local news, I’m left in a state of shock as I hear about yet another person of colour who has been called out for being an immigrant (even if they aren’t) and are told to go home presumably based solely on the colour of their skin. This simply isn’t okay, nor is it the Canada I want to be part of.
I fear for the state of our world. I’m starting to fear for the state of my own County.
And now I realize I should fear for my child, who is an immigrant.
Yet, my child blends in, so we/he may escape the brunt force of this overt racism and cruelty, especially now while he’s so young and cute. He passes for “white“. He looks a lot like Mr. MPB, even though there is no genetic connection. He is being raised by two Caucasian Canadians in a heterosexual relationship. So, to those who don’t know our story, we usually come off as a normal/ typical family of three. But, will this always be enough to make Little MPB safe from cruel comments? Or even more frightening, will this always keep him safe from cruel behaviour and actions against him?
And quite frankly, it hurts my heart that I even have to question this. It hurts my heart that our world seems to be sliding into a state of chaos, where cruelty rains supreme. It not only hurts, but enrages me that some of our world leaders are actually encouraging such divisive behaviour and/or remaining quiet. This is not okay.
I’ve always been an adamant supporter of diversity, immigration and equality. Yet, I never realized just how immune I was to all of it as a Caucasian Canadian. I never truly understood that my view of the world was based on my white privilege. Until now. Now I am acutely aware of this hatred and how it has the potential to directly impact my family which has ethnically and racially diverse.
All of this said, the MPB’s will continue to celebrate Little MPB’s Canadian Citizenship, because I still believe becoming a Canadian is worthy of a great celebration.
Yet, we will continue to be aware of how scary the world is becoming as we will do everything in our power to keep our son safe. I will continue to educate people on adoption, racial diversity, immigration, and equality for all. I will use my voice to support anyone who is treated unfairly based on the colour of their skin, their place of birth, their gender or their sexual orientation.
I will not be silent in the face of fear. I will be a positive voice in a sea of negativity.
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