The point was, we would adopt an Indigenous boy, because my husband is a strong, proud, informed, healthy Indigenous man who is devoted to his family and his community (cue wife swoon). And an involved and devoted dad creates a nourished son who can grow into another involved and devoted dad, and so on. And the impact that loving and involved Indigenous Dads can have on the well-being of a community is massive.
The results of this new study on the link between race and class, though difficult to face, is being heralded as a game changer. I have mixed feeling about that as the “revelation” of the study is old news within the Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous communities it comments on. But anyway, I loved this episode of The Daily podcast, which explains the study results, and talks about an overlooked detail that came out of the research — the incredible impact of dads and stand-in Dads within a community.