by Bobby Shockley
Following the tragic events in Haiti, the world mobilized to provide support to this tiny nation. Although I have no issue with the outpouring of altruism, I have a question: Where is Haiti? You see, prior to this event, many in the world had no idea about what was going on in Haiti and even fewer really cared.
My question does not center on the geographical location of this nation, but where it was in our consciousness. Relatively few outside of the NGO’s that provide support to this poverty stricken nation concerned themselves with the plight of the people, its infrastructure or its economic condition. Now it seems that it’s all that people can talk about.
Much of what is occurring is now centered on the question “how will we help the children?” Many are talking of adopting children from Haiti and in fact, ten Americans are sitting in jail for allegedly trying to steal children away from Haiti in order to adopt them. I find this troubling since we have children here in America who are in need of loving homes and no one is concerned about their circumstances. The larger question here is “Why do we, as a nation, seemed more concerned about those outside of our borders than those similarly situated within?”
Some estimates site that there are over 400,000 children in the American foster care system. With this number of American children needing assistance, how could anyone consciously look at adopting children from anywhere else?
I am by no means an isolationist, but at what point do we begin to put America first and everyone else second, third and fourth?