A few months ago Madonna
released a riveting documentary about HIV/AIDS in the African country of Malawi called I Am Because We Are
. The movie gives graphic details about the suffering of children in Malawi who are orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Madonna is barely shown in the documentary, which brilliantly tells the history of Malawi, why HIV/AIDS spreads, but still highlighting the beauty of the people.
Madonna received international attention and controversy when she adopted David Banda
, a young boy from Malawi who was living in an orphanage and suffering from various illnesses. Now, she is adopting a second child, a 4-year-old girl named Mercy
The controversy has started again. Although many people have adopted from Africa and across the globe, Madonna is getting biting criticism. She is accused of using fame and money to override Malawi's government. Some argue although Mercy's mother died at 18 and her father is nowhere to be found, the child should remain in Malawi with her own people. According to reports from The Sun
, which is a London tabloid, Mercy's grandmother spoke out against the adoption.
After seeing the documentary I Am Because We Are
I am confused why anyone would oppose a child being handed a good education and all of the opportunities one could dream of. The best way to fight poverty is education.
When the legendary pop star adopted David some insisted she should adopt a second child from Malawi so David could have a sibling -- now some are saying she is wrong for this. Is this racism and classism that people are so infuriated that a White American woman is adopting an African child from the second poorest country in the world? If this were a Black celebrity would anyone care? There is a hearing scheduled today for a Malawi Court to consider Madonna's request for adoption.
Do you think Madonna shouldn't be adopting Black?
Check out the trailer for I Am Because We Are