White Republicans Raising Black Children

Here we are at an Alabama book signing, where Naomi was more interested in playing with Tripp than posing for a photo!

I’ve met many of you at book signings I’ve done with my co-writer Nancy French.   A few months ago, I was in Washington, DC where we were signing copies of “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.” (Have you bought your copy?!) It just so happened that CPAC was going on down the street, so we also attended some of those functions.

My mom delivered an amazing speech, Occupy Wall Street tried to interrupt her talk, and reporters were everywhere.  (In other words, it was a lot of fun!) However, the Huffington Post posted video of Nancy and her family between the speeches.  Immediately, there were over a thousand very hateful comments.  Why?

Nancy and her husband David have three kids – two who are her biological kids and one she adopted from Ethiopia.  Believe it or not, the liberal HuffPo readers were angry that Nancy – a Republican – would raise a black child.

Angry yet?  Read her article called “I Am a White Republican Raising a Black Child: Deal with It” and let me know what you think!

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  • Penny

    I realize people think when they psot something on the internet it’s anonymous, so they can say whatever they want. But all the people who made negative comments to that HuffPo video should stop to think about the real lives that are being affected by what they say. Any child rescued out of poverty and neglect is a winner. We should be tallying the human factor here, not judging by political party or race. I applaud the French family for being human enough to want to make a difference in one little life. The details don’t matter, all that matters is that a child is safe.

  • Erika

    As an adoptee I am offended when anyone trashes a family that adopts a child. Granted, I was adopted into a German family and we are all white, but as my adopted parents told me, when they wanted to adopt, they didn’t care what they got. Boy, girl, black, white, yellow or blue. They had enough love for any child. Black children are twice as likely to end up in foster homes and many of them are adoptable, but there are not enough black families willing to adopt them, so when a “white” family does, black people are up in arms about it, saying White’s won’t teach the adopted black child about their ethnic history. If they were so concerned about that, why don’t they adopt these children? I’m not saying that NO black families adopt, there are those that do. But when a child needs a loving home, it shouldn’t matter if there is a difference in skin color or political side they are on.

    I applaud Nancy and her husband for giving this little girl a better chance in life. Had she stayed where she was, she would have most certainly died.

  • Erika

    I have tried to find the video from Huffington post and can’t find it, and believe me, I searched ever which way you can. So, if anyone can share the link, I would be interested in seeing it. Thank you in advance.

    • dyz

      “CPAC 2012: HuffPost Meets 4-Year-Old Wearing ‘I Only Cry When Democrats Hold Me’ Shirt (VIDEO)”


      • Erika

        Thank you

        • dyz

          No problem!

    • michele

      Watched the video – I’m not seeing anything about black/white or purple people. Any link for the claims Bristol makes in her post?????????

      • dyz

        Michele — I did not find anything along those lines with my search of Huffington Post. Perhaps this is the wrong article. There are only 900 plus comments made over two days, not the “immediately over a thousand” referenced above.

        • blackbird

          They got deleted, you can figure out why.

      • blackbird

        Bristol was referring to the hateful comments after the video was shown, go read some of the comments, although the extremely vile ones have been deleted, board moderating.

  • kate

    another really interesting blog. I would like to say a few things about the folk who are giving Miss Nancy a tough time but I would get that familiar ‘tap on the shoulder’ from ‘the big G’ calling for me to restrain my words. It is not that i use bad language (I was raised in a strict British family) in a family of writers, etc. But goodness me, I do get irked at the absolute stpidity of words and thought I see nowadays. If Miss Nancy has a black child so what and is it anyone else’s business? No! Seems like a few folk need to have their heads flushed down the ……….. and it might (one hopes) wake them up to talking about something that actually concerns them and not someone else’s private business. Good luck to you Miss Bristol and Tripp, your family and Miss Nancy and her family.


  • myj


    I’m a White Republican Raising a Black Child: Deal With It

    Are my husband and I Republicans? Yes. And we also love our little black child. I’m learning, for example, how to braid hair with colorful beads, I’m learning which colors look good against her chocolate colored skin tone, and I’ll teach her about her country of origin right after she learns her ABCs.

    I’ve found the post on Huffinton Post, People see more than they hear…. what they saw was the attitude, body langauge etc… When I came across the blog above^, I understood why they criticized the video, It had nothing to do with a white person raising a black child. There are many people are raising kid of another race. My aunt used to have a group home for teenage girls and they were of all race and ethnic background from 1973 to 1999. In 2006 to 2008 she provided a temporary home for two young girls who mother very sick and their uncle who live in another, had to go to court to get custody. People at Huffinton post were offended about the T-shirt the little girl had on. I am not offended about the T-shirt, I am offended about the “ I’m learning which colors look good against her chocolate colored skin tone,” statement. She can wear the same color as a white child… When people make a big deal about a child they adopted, race, say alot about the person, children are not born with a race problem, they are taught by their parent. Just because someone adopted a child of another race, doesn’t mean they don’t have a problem with race… You will never hear Angela or McDonna talk about their adopted children that way.

    My 2 Cents

    • Margie Wilson-Mars

      myj- Honestly, do you remember the old Color Combo program? It was what colors look best on what hair/skin color? There is nothing wrong with enjoying how yellow or blue makes her daughter’s beautiful dark skin stand out anymore than green might make her brown eyes stand out! If you LOOK for something, you will usually find it. Of course she can wear any color, that’s NOT what she meant, and frankly, I am pretty shocked that you wrote that.
      The woman didn’t just come up with the idea for that article out of the clear blue sky. YOU may be okay with her raising a black child and being republican, but many, many others aren’t. I was unable to adopt my husband’s nieces because they are half American Indian. Total strangers got priority over family members. I worked in a foster care home as a young mom and the foster mother couldn’t adopt an 8-year-old black child she had since birth. Black websites abound ridicule the heck out of agencies/counties that allow the adoptions of black children into white or other races households. There IS a huge problem. Nothing she said, NOTHING was self-serving. And it IS a big deal. A very big deal.

  • Abby

    Her comments are absolutely disgusting. “her chocolate colored skin tone”?! That’s sick and offensive.

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  • LMA

    This is a very irresponsible post. Traffic to your site must be slow, so you’ve decided to make a couple incendiary statements and then send everyone to Nancy’s post.

  • truga

    Bristol, if you are going to publish books, write articles and comments, it’s time for you to get some post-graduate education. How many of your books have you sold for the $250K you were paid? I don’t think very many were sold. I bought one and it is not a quality book; very childish. Read the comments on Amazon.com. Just my thoughts and opinions……………..

  • -E

    “Angry yet?” Why are you trying to make people angry? Why are you bringing this up??? Why didnt anyone say anything about Mcains “black child” Oh ya because no cares, its 2012, get with it! -E