Transracial Adoption and South Minneapolis

Heidi Adelsman reads a family story she wrote for the book Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. Heidi grew up in a South Minneapolis household with an adopted black brother.

A great reminder that you don’t have to go to the South to find racists. We have our own right here.

Today, Heidi is a parent and Longfellow resident. She was quoted earlier this week in MPR’s story on the arsenic clean-up situation in South Minneapolis:

Many of the answers they’ve gotten at these meetings have been confusing and unsettling, says Heidi Adelsman, a parent of two who lives in Longfellow. She also works as a community journalist for a local newspaper.

“We look like we’re crazy people. And they wonder why we’re crazy, when we’ve got at least four different state and national agencies involved who are offering four different standards for what is safe for our children,” says Adelsman. “In the meantime, our children are growing up in community that is a Superfund site. Why are we not to think that this is a catastrophic public health problem?”

Home Schooling Best Choice for Intolerant Parents

Looks like Mrs. Perfect’s been busy reporting on all the dangers we face in the world today. Last time, it was the dangers caused by women holding positions of power in the Catholic church, which is someone ironic coming from a woman in some sort of a non-official role associated with the church.

Now we hearing from Mrs. Perfect (seriously, that’s her real name) about the dangers our children our face when educated by a gay teacher who happens to read a story about a child with two mommies like Mary Cheney’s child will have. Apparently, the teacher mentioned that he plans to adopt a child. Imagine the . . . um . . . horror?

I figure you probably think I’m making this up, so head on over to to see the story. Here’s a link to it, but it looks out of context with no navigation when linked to directly because their web site was probably built by someone who went to a school that didn’t have science, and computer science was close enough to be considered dangerous.

Back to the story: It’s stuff like this that makes me understand why such a large percentage of home schooled children are indeed home schooled. There is simply no way parents who are offended by something so mundane could make it through a school year. If parents think there children are being harmed by hearing reality based stories read by teachers, or personal stories about adoption, they’re going to need to shelter their children.

Both parties win through homeschooling. Schools can get back to educating children rather than dealing with irrational controversies, and parents who will never be satisfied with schools that focus on educating their children the only way they see fit.