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Slavery defined – giving a child to her father

Only in the mind of a conservative, Thomas Sowell, would uniting a child with its father be compared with an institution which, among many horrors, was responsible for separating children from their parents, slavery. In the mind of a conservative, a father, soldier Dusten Brown, who had second thoughts (“within two weeks, he changed his mind and began petitioning for custody”) about giving his daughter up for adoption and sued for custody, is ruining his “child’s life.” Mr. Sowell even draws on the Solomon-child-splitting threat scenario to cast the father as a villain. And a law, ICWA, which would allow this is merely protecting a “tribe’s turf.” This despite the fact that, by Mr. Sowell’s admission, “in the past, Indian children were wantonly wrested from their Indian parents and sent off to be raised by non-Indians.” In an effort to lambast Mr. Brown, Mr. Sowell who seems to have a problem with Indians who want their children to know about Indian culture, resorts to giving figures on the number of Indian children in foster care and lamenting how people won’t adopt Indian children if they may be forced to give them up. But if Mr. Sowell were really concerned about the “welfare of a flesh-and-blood human being,” he would do well to train some of his fire on laws like the one in South Carolina which “ends a father’s paternity rights when he has not provided pre-birth support or taken steps to be a father before and shortly after birth.” Wealth and speed should not be deciding factors in cases like this. One could get the notion that “Indian children were wantonly wrested from their Indian parents and sent off to be raised by non-Indians.”