Charlize Theron is the latest single celebrity of European descent to adopt an African American child. She announced this week, March 14, that she has adopted a son named Jackson. Congratulations. Well technically, the South African-born, naturalized US Citizen is an “African American” herself…lol
In October 2011, six months after adopting their daughter Amaya Josephine, Mariska Hargitay and husband Peter Hermann adopted a newborn son, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann. Both kids are African American.
In April 2010, Sandra Bullock adopted Louis Bardo from New Orleans and is rumored to be adopting a sister for him.
Jillian Michaels revealed to Access Hollywood last December that she is in the final stages of adopting a black baby from Haiti.
In more distant history, Steven Spielberg (Theo) and his wife, Kate Capshaw, and Tom Cruise and then wife Nicole Kidman (Conor), adopted African American boys.
Desperate Housewives Actress Joely Fisher (sister to Carrie Fisher) has an African American daughter, Olivia.
Of course the most famous black adopted kids are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s Zahara, who was born in Ethiopia; and Madonna‘s kids David and Mercy, both born in Malawi.
People may judge and call them the latest “Hollywood accessory” but African-American children are still disproportionately represented in foster care and remain less likely than children of other racial and ethnic groups to be adopted in a timely fashion. While black children accounted for 15 percent of America’s child population, they represented 32 percent of the 510,000 children in foster care in 2006.
So if Black Americans aren’t going to adopt their own out of foster care, who are others to judge when one wins the lottery and gets adopted by a white celebrity!?