By Holt International
Eugene based adoption organization
It has been an emotionally exhausting couple of weeks for me. My son, who is bi-racial, was home from college when the Ferguson decision was announced. He was upset, confused, and after a while, filled with rage. As his mom, I tried to do everything I could to show him that I cared about what was happening and how he was feeling about it. But it was really hard and incredibly sad for me.
Then Wednesday’s decision came out from Staten Island, and while he has already gone back to college, I could still feel the same emotions coming all the way up the coast of California to Oregon through his Twitter feed. Again, really hard. And then this morning, I came in to work to an email from one of our social workers asking if Holt was going to say something — that she has been providing counseling to one of our teen adoptees who was black, and he just sat with his head down and cried because he knows he is treated differently that his white parents because of his race. And he is scared. And what was Holt going to say about all of this?