Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Another Bad Binkie: the Daily Tar Heel


And the latest Bad Binkie Award goes to.... The Daily Tar Heel, the student paper of the University of North Carolina, which uses the term "adopted children" to describe adult adoptees five times in its four hundred and fifty word editorial opining that adoption records should be sealed from adult adoptees.

Although the editors express "sympathy" for "adopted children" who wish to access their OWN BIRTH RECORDS, said sympathy doesn't extend to giving adult adoptees the same rights as everyone else.

THEREFORE and FORTHWITH: The editorial staff of the Daily Tar Heel of the University of North Carolina have earned the second award of the BAD BINKIE.

The Daily Tar Heel
P.O. Box 3257
Chapel Hill, N.C., 27515

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7 Comments:

Blogger Mia said...

Thank You. Thank you. Thank you.

Oh, and I wrote the Tar Heel.

1:20 PM  
Blogger petunia said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I agree with you on many things...I hate that we can't all agree to disagree on some things and agreeing that some things need to change in the industry...it is all about money for the agencies right now...it is a business and I hate that.

6:48 AM  
Blogger BB Church said...

Hi Petunia,

It's not just agencies, which make up a relatively small part of adoption. Attorneys, "facilitators" operating without oversight or regulation, a whole separate layer of social workers and "educators" who define our experiences, the list goes on and on. Adoption is a philanthropy that behaves like an industry.

9:17 AM  
Blogger One Lucky Bastard said...

My binkies went out today to both the Daily Tar Heel and The Daily Campus, along with my letters to the editors.

~Laurie

10:12 PM  
Blogger GDS said...

I'm so confused as to why this is even controversial, all in the name of protecting the rights of birth parents.

Is there some powerful lobby of birth parents out there fighting to keep these records sealed? It doesn't make any sense.

1:17 PM  
Blogger hellomelissa said...

ah, you dis my local paper!

but with very good reason.

jesse helms once aptly stated that north carolina didn't need a zoo, we could just fence in chapel hill. any surprise why i was droawn to the place? :)

3:27 AM  
Blogger Russell said...

Your letter made the Daily Tar Heel!

http://media.www.dailytarheel.com/media/storage/paper885/news/2007/05/17/LettersToTheEditor/Adopted.Children.Do.Not.Stay.In.Childhood.Forever-2904576.shtml?reffeature=htmlemailedition

8:37 PM  

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