MSNBC Tiffany Cross: Adoption not always safe route for black and brown babies

(Video: MSNBC)

An MSNBC panel went beyond merely presenting their opinion as fact Saturday on the potential outcomes of Roe v. Wade being overturned when they cherrypicked data to support an outright falsehood in order to force a racially driven narrative against adoption, saying it is “not always a safe route, particularly for black and brown kids.”

During “The Cross Connection,” host Tiffany Cross was joined in part by Michelle Colon, the executive director of Sisters Helping Every Woman Rise and Organize (SHERo), an abortion advocacy group, to discuss the leak out of the Supreme Court. That leak was of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that, if affirmed, would result in the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the summer.

In conversation, Cross raised the abortion alternative of adoption and said, “This whole notion that, you know, women should have children and just you know, let the kids get adopted, well, that’s not always a safe route, particularly for black and brown kids.”

“Black kids do not get adopted, often, there are – we have stats on it,” she argued. “There are often kids who stay in the system for a long time. When you look at the stats of who gets adopted it is disproportionately white children,” the host further claimed as she presented a chart comprised of selective data that reported 25,257 black children and 26,520 Hispanic children waiting for adoption in 2020.

Of course, what Cross failed to acknowledge was that her chart did not show the number of white children waiting to be adopted which, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children, Youth and Families data that she was citing, amounts to 51,128 as of September 30, 2020, or 44 percent of all children waiting to be adopted.

Cross may have had a better argument if she had attempted to present the fact that of the near 60,000 adoptions that occurred in 2020 with public agency involvement, 51 percent were of white children whereas 17 and 20 percent were of black and Hispanic children respectively. However, even that would be disingenuous because it neglects the reality that the percentage of adopted children by race is nearly proportional to the percentage of children up for adoption.

She persisted with her argument nonetheless and asked her guest, “So when people say…that’s a better path for women, what would be your response?”

Colon agreed with the incomplete data presented and said, “There is no rush to adopt black babies or brown babies, let’s be clear about that, just like there is no rush by the Republicans and the anti-abortion terrorists and lawmakers in protecting and safeguarding the life of black and brown children and black and brown people in this country.”

If there were any remaining doubts that the panel was not attempting to present a factual and unbiased argument in favor of abortion, Cross’ decision to insist Colon “has a point” on pro-life causes being “achieved through violence” again utilized selective data.

This time, Cross cited the National Abortion Federation, a professional association of abortion providers that states its mission is to “unite, represent, serve, and support abortion providers in delivering patient-centered, evidence-based care.”


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