Black couples that adopt white babies & 10 White Celebs with Black Children

Back in 2008, NFL player DeMarcus Ware and his wife Taniqua caught a lot of criticism over their decision to adopt a white baby. Some argued that White babies are easily adopted as there are long waiting lines for them, but that black babies in America have a shortage of adoptive parents. But to the Wares, they say they fell in love with a little baby and paid no attention to its color.  After struggling to conceive and dealing with many miscarriages and a still born, the couple delivered a baby boy last year, November 2010, named DeMarcus Ware, Jr.
In the reverse, celebrities like Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, HBO’s Weeds actress Mary Louise Parker, Hugh Jackman,  Stephen Spielberg, Michelle Pfeiffer, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, all have adopted black or bi-racial children without much fuss.
What are your thoughts? Is it wrong or a bigger deal for black couples to adopt white babies versus the reverse? If so, why?

Here are ten non-Black celebrities who have adopted Black children from the United States, Haiti and Africa.

Steven Spielberg and teenage daughter Mikaela George


Dated photo of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise with son Connor and daughter Isabella

Sandra Bullock and son Louis, born in New Orleans

Madonna and son David, born in Malawi

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Hugh Jackman and bi-racial adoptive son Oscar.

Michelle Pfeiffer and family, including adoptive daughter Claudia Rose

Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt and daughter Zahara

Stephen Spielberg and son Theo

Desperate Housewives Actress Joely Fisher (sister to Carrie Fisher) and daughter Olivia
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Law & Order’s Mariska Hargitay and daughter Amaya Josephine


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  • I think anyone should be able to adopt any child in need of a family. To believe that it's wrong for Black parents to adopt White children has also including the thought that White children are somehow harmed by having Black parents with the "cover" that there are more Black children in need homes more than White children. Thus White children should be saved for only White couples to adopt. Interracial adoption by White parents is so common that the word itself means White parents adopting Black children. Equality in adoption should including Black parents adopting White children just as much as White parents adoption Black children.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree, more black people should come forward and adopt out of their race and if that means a white child do be it

  • an observer

    We as black people can be hypocrites. We become irate about the large number of black children to be adopted, and then when white people show their love by adopting them, we criticize them. On the flip side, we criticize a system which presents obstacles for blacks who want to adopt white children, but when they succeed, we don't congratulate them, we, again criticize.

  • Anonymous

    If both African American couples and Caucasion couples are desiring to adopt why dont each race adopt babies of their own race? Just seems to make more sense and would be in the best interest of the children. Adoption is difficult enough for a child to manuever through without adding racial/cultural differences to it.

  • Go adopt a child that is most in need, don't look for a specific skin color, if you choose a specific color, you are being racist. What is wrong with adopting a Native American? Why are those poor children being avoided/ ignored but yet, you go choose a child out of the country. I'm not saying you are wrong, I'm saying you need to make the right decision by what child is in most need, not because he is African or Asian. Go adopt a child that has less chances of surviving, regardless of race. It's 99% about the child's needs not so much as the parents dreams. Perhaps I'm wrong, maybe I'm the only one that believes in making others happy and myself come second.

  • annonymous

    Adopted parents are the most selfless people on earth. They devote and sacrifice their lives to love and raise another persons child. Choosing a child of the same or similar culture does not make one a racist, it makes them a realist. Children want to resemble their parents in some way, so they can identify with something when they look in the mirror. The more they can identify with the better. Holllywood couples are the worst examples to use for such a deeply profound issue, being many in the public spotlight have a different agenda for adopting, and many also have nanny's raising the children. So many biological children of narcississtic stars have problems, can't imagine what it would be like for an adopted child of a star of a totally different culture. JMHO